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Bemidji City Council to consider 2010 street renewal projects

The Bemidji City Council will consider five streets comprising its street renewal project for 2010.

The council will convene for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The streets proposed to be reconstructed are Park Avenue Northwest, 23rd Street Northwest, Grant Avenue Southeast, Central Avenue Southeast and Scott Avenue Southeast.

As the 2009 street renewal program nears completion, the city must now consider the proposed program for 2010, stated Craig Gray, the city's public works director/city engineer in a memo to the council including in the agenda packet.

The city's goal each year is to select upcoming street segments in the fall so a preliminary survey can be acquired prior to snowfall, Gray wrote. The winter months are set aside for engineering design, neighborhood information meetings and public hearings.

Roadways planned for reconstruction include:

- Park Avenue Northwest from state Highway 197 to 30th Street Northwest.

- 23rd Street Northwest from Calihan Avenue Northeast to Birchmont Drive Northeast.

- Grant Avenue Southeast from First Street Southeast to Fourth Street Southeast.

- Central Avenue Southeast from First Street Southeast to Second Street Southeast.

- Scott Avenue Southeast from First Street Southeast to Second Street Southeast.

The council will be asked to approve a feasibility study that will outline the proposed improvements, project costs, preliminary assessments and the feasibility of the project.

A neighborhood meeting would be held following the conclusion of the study, if it is approved.

Other agenda items

In other business, the City Council will:

- Hold a public hearing on costs associated with lot maintenance, fire service charges, and other miscellaneous work done by the city on private property in 2009.

- Adopt a resolution approving assessment roll for costs associated with the above.