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Contracts awarded for $3.8M in Willmar, Minn., street work in 2013

WILLMAR -- Contracts totaling $3,804,505 have been awarded by the Willmar City Council to low-bidder Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg for the city's 2013 street improvement program.

The program consists of reconstructing a downtown city parking lot and portions of six streets totaling 0.83 mile; overlaying 12 street segments totaling 3.2 miles, up from 2.36 miles in 2012; sidewalk construction; and construction of a railroad quiet zone at the Trott Avenue Southwest crossing.

Council member Rick Fagerlie asked if other construction companies submitted bids.

City Administrator Charlene Stevens said Duininck was the low bidder in all instances.

"We had multiple bidders. Those were presented and discussed at a previous Public Works Committee meeting,'' she said.

In related business, the council approved the assessment roll following a public hearing Monday night. Under the city's assessment policy, affected property owners are assessed for one-third of the cost and the city pays two-thirds, said Jared Voge, interim city engineer.

Under that policy, assessed property owners will pay a total of $1,280,905 and the city will pay $2,532,599.

Construction will begin during the June-July period and will be completed in November. Assessed reconstruction cost is $70.53 per foot, up from $67.17 in 2012. Overlay cost is $23.91 per foot, down from $26.08 in 2012, said Voge.

He said residents have the option of making full payment of their assessment without interest prior to Oct. 31. Voge also said partial prepayments without interest are allowed before Oct. 31.

Otherwise, payments including interest will be collected annually along with property taxes by Kandiyohi County until the assessments are paid in full, he said.

Voge said street work will be coordinated with affected businesses and property owners to provide access, and he said property owners can call the City Offices and talk to the engineering staff to accommodate access requests as best as possible.

David Little
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