Royalton City Council works on capital improvement plan during planning meeting

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

Attempting to make a plan on capital improvements for the city, Royalton Council members met Tuesday in a planning session to discuss and prioritize future projects.

Discussion centered on items that needed to be attended to this year and those that could be postponed or scheduled over the next five years.

For the immediate future, recognizing that things happen that may move the priority around, the Council agreed to seek quotes on sealing the leaking manholes covers, replace the force main at the main lift station and forming a Parks and Trails Committee with Ron Verley and Al Doty serving as representatives from the Council. People interested in serving on the committee should contact Doty.

The Council will keep reviewing sites to locate the new test wells. It is looking at making a decision on the location at its March 6 meeting.

Items on the radar for the future include several streets which may need curb and gutter, ditching, sidewalks, better lightening and access management of overlay.

The need for an overall trail and parks plan was discussed, along with future needs to complete the splash park and set improvement goals, a possible fishing pier on the south side of Centre Street bridge and looking at a possible bicycling trail from North Birch Street to the Soo Line system.

The council also discussed the need to upgrade some of the sewer system and the water system which still has several cast iron water mains plus old private water lines.

Discussing the city’s new fund balance policy, Council members approved maintaining a minimum fund balance of 35 percent.

The next regular meeting of the Royalton City Council will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.