Four attend Swanville’s water project hearing

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Four Swanville residents were present at the public hearing Tuesday, to hear information concerning the assessments on the property bordering the proposed project to upgrade the city’s water distribution system.

Swanville’s request to be put on the Public Financing Authority’s 2013 Intended Use Plan (IUP) has previously been approved.

The city is eligible to receive a loan of approximately $1.2 million to replace existing water main, services and fire hydrants as part of the continuing work to replace the water distribution system constructed in 1930-1931.

The preliminary estimated project cost, as presented by Michael Rude from Widseth,

Smith, Nolting, $851,000, Rhoda Avenue; $220,000, Fifth Street; $133,000, Third Street and $51,000 on Second Street This includes money for the construction and project contingency fund and engineering, administrative, legal, bonding and interest costs.

“These costs are estimated from study quantities. We will have an updated estimate when the project is designed and bid,” said Rude.

Costs for the project will be divided between benefited property owners and the city using the city’s policy.

According to the policy, assessment rates have been set at streets and storm water (per front foot) at $25; water main replacement (per front foot) $15; water service replacement (each) $250; residential sidewalk replacement (per front foot) $6; and commercial sidewalk replacement (per front foot) $10.

Rude said if the Council decides to move forward with the project, it is expected the bids will be opened in June. After reviewing the bids, the Council will determine if the project will proceed. Work could begin in July and be completed sometime during September.

A final assessment hearing will be held near the end of the construction.

Some of the issues the residents may have to deal with during the construction, Rude  said, were detours and road closures, road condition during the construction, dust, driveway access and trash collection.

At its regular meeting, following the public hearing, the Council decided to do a walk-through of the project Monday, March 25 at 4 p.m. The Council will decide at the April meeting whether  to proceed with the project.

Swanville City Council Briefs

In other business, Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Will seek names of interested city residents to fill the seat held by Jim Piekarski, who recently passed away. The Council will appoint someone to fill the position until the next regular election. At that time, if the appointee is interested in remaining on the Council, they file to have their name on the ballot. Those interested should contact the city clerk, mayor or members of the Council. Piekarski had served on the Council since 1992;

• Approved an agreement with Astech Street Cleaning to sweep the city streets at a cost of $95 per hour;

• Hired Eugene Epling as a part time maintenance employee; and

• Tabled discussing the Jennie-O sewer rates until the Council takes a tour of the facility.