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Bemidji City Council: 2010 street project advances; still not approved

The Bemidji City Council on Tuesday accepted a feasibility study for the 2010 Street Renewal Project.

The project, which would reconstruct about one-half mile of street, is planned to include the following improvements:

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

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

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

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

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

The streets were selected due to the poor condition of the bituminous surfacing, poor storm water surface drainage and the age and deterioration of underground utility mains. Sections of Park, Grant and Scott avenues are dirt streets.

Accepting the feasibility report does not mean the project is approved.

A neighborhood meeting is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to explain the project.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at City Hall during the regular council meeting.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,815,683, of which assessments would fund more than $200,000. Other dollars would from the sewer, water and storm water utility funds, in addition to Minnesota State Aid funds and city street bonds.

County Road 50

The council also voted 5-0 to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Beltrami County for a planned improvement to County Road 50.

Beltrami County is planning a mill and overlay project for the roadway in 2010 and it was recommended that the city do the same for the portion of the roadway within city limits.

The cost of the city's share of the project is $240,000, which will come from the city's municipal state aid construction funds.

The roadway will be reconstructed in the fall, once Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed the first section of reconstruction of U.S. Highway 71/Washington Avenue.