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Bemidji City Council: Public hearing set on road project

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

A public hearing will be held Monday in front of the Bemidji City Council on the proposed 2011 Street Renewal Project. The road project would improve sections of five city roadways.

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The hearing is slated to be held during the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall. After the hearing, the council will consider authorizing plans for the project.

The street project would reconstruct about 1.2 miles of city streets and improve or replace underground utility mains.

Roadways slated for possible improvement are:

E Minnesota Avenue Northwest between Eighth Street Northwest and 15th Street Northwest.

E Eighth Street Northwest from Beltrami Avenue Northwest to Mississippi Avenue Northwest.

E 10th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

E 12th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

E 24th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

The streets were selected due to their poor surfaces, poor storm water surface drainage and age and deterioration of underground utility mains, according to Craig Gray, the city engineer/public works director.

The project is expected to cost just over $3.1 million ($3,115,210).

Assessments are proposed to cover 13 percent of the total cost. Street assessments would total about $264,789 and utility service assessments would total $136,960.

Benefitting property owners are proposed to be charged $38 per front foot. Those receiving new utility serves are proposed to be assessed $1,070 for each service line received. The assessment rates are proposed to be the same as in 2009 and 2010.

Other revenue sources are proposed as follows:

E $671,078, federal aid street funds.

E $530,000, water utility fund.

E $505,000, city street bonds.

E $350,000, sewer utility fund.

E $347,383, storm water utility fund.

E $310,000, municipal state aid fund.

A public hearing will be held Monday in front of the Bemidji City Council on the proposed 2011 Street Renewal Project. The road project would improve sections of five city roadways.

The hearing is slated to be held during the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall. After the hearing, the council will consider authorizing plans for the project.

The street project would reconstruct about 1.2 miles of city streets and improve or replace underground utility mains.

Roadways slated for possible improvement are:

- Minnesota Avenue Northwest between Eighth Street Northwest and 15th Street Northwest.

- Eighth Street Northwest from Beltrami Avenue Northwest to Mississippi Avenue Northwest.

- 10th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

- 12th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

- 24th Street Northwest from Irvine Avenue North to Park Avenue Northwest.

The streets were selected due to their poor surfaces, poor storm water surface drainage and age and deterioration of underground utility mains, according to Craig Gray, the city engineer/public works director.

The project is expected to cost just over $3.1 million ($3,115,210).

Assessments are proposed to cover 13 percent of the total cost. Street assessments would total about $264,789 and utility service assessments would total $136,960.

Benefitting property owners are proposed to be charged $38 per front foot. Those receiving new utility serves are proposed to be assessed $1,070 for each service line received. The assessment rates are proposed to be the same as in 2009 and 2010.

Other revenue sources are proposed as follows:

- $671,078, federal aid street funds.

- $530,000, water utility fund.

- $505,000, city street bonds.

- $350,000, sewer utility fund.

- $347,383, storm water utility fund.

- $310,000, municipal state aid fund.

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