We welcome our new City Manager, Kelli Truver, who will begin her duties on Feb. 11. Mark Kober will be staying on for some time to assist in making the transition as smooth as possible.

The recent Public Improvement Hearing held at the Event Center on Jan. 24 pertaining to the 2020 road and sewer construction project was attended by about 75 people. David Palm of Bolton and Menk, our City Engineer, explained the scope of the project, as well as driveway and sidewalk implications for individual property owners. Mark Kober, City Manager, talked about how the project would be funded and the options individuals have for paying or financing their assessments. He stated that property owners may either pay their assessments or they may choose to finance them for 10 years at a minimal interest rate.

The cost of the project is estimated to be $8.9 million. At this point in time, that is only an estimate. The actual cost of the project will not be known until it is bid in November or December of 2019.

At this time it is estimated that $2.5 million will come from the sewer fund that all property owners have been paying into for the last few years. This project is exactly what the fund was set up to help with and will continue to help with sewer construction projects into the future. An additional $5.1 million will likely come from bonds the City will sell, and another $1.2 million will likely come from individual property owners who will be assessed after the project is completed. There are 455 property owners who will be impacted by this project.

This large construction project will commence in the spring of 2020 and will be completed in the fall of 2021 when the second layer of blacktop is put on the roads.

In addition, the City Council hasn’t formally decided to go ahead with the 12th Avenue Crossing. However, they have approved the preparation of plans and specifications. This project will add another railroad crossing just north of the Event Center and continue 12th Avenue north to the City Cemetery and then west along the cemetery to St. Mary’s Street. This project is slated to cost $3.5 million, with $1.5 million coming in the form of grants. The remaining $2 million will be assessable to property owners over time as the lots along the road develop. These assessments will be deferred until they develop.

In other business, the EDA continues its study of Little Sprouts Learning Center. The next order of business will be to secure a home for the daycare.

We welcome our new City Manager, Kelli Truver, who will begin her duties on Feb. 11. Mark Kober will be staying on for some time to assist in making the transition as smooth as possible.