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City Moves Ahead With Monroe Street Improvements

By Staff | Mar 17, 2011

By unanimous vote of Emmetsburg City Council, the Monroe Street Utility and Street Improvement Project will proceed.

A group of over 40 Emmetsburg residents attended a public hearing Monday night at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. This was their opportunity to voice concerns about the project and assessments for the work that will be done.

Questioning why Monroe Street was chosen for renovation, City Administrator John Bird explained:

“The way we lay out the projects in this community, we take a look at all the infrastructure, the condition of the street and curb and gutter. The city and the municipal utilities, years ago, purchased a camera that is capable of working its way down sanitary storm sewers. Brian (Culver) and his co-workers have been on every single block of sanitary sewer in the city – every block they could get the camera through – and grade those for deficiencies, whether there are holes in the pipe or dips in the pipe, inadequate size. So we more or less overlay the condition of the sanitary sewer on the known condition of the street and then we also look at the condition of the water facilties under the street. That’s how we prioritize the projects.

“Monroe Street, when you take all of those things into consideration, is the worst in the city. There are others that are close, but Monroe is the worst.”

The utility and street project encompasses:

-Monroe Street from the southerly right-of-way line of 12th Street to the southerly right-of-way line of 5th Street;

-12th Street from the westerly right-of-way line of Monroe to the easterly right-of-way line of Jefferson Street;

-11th Street from the easterly right-of-way line of Pleasant Street to the easterly right-of-way line of Jefferson Street; and

-10th Street from the westerly right-of-way line of Monroe Street to the westerly right-of-way line of Des Moines Street.

Engineers’ estimate of cost is $2,206,762; with 14.9-percent of the total assessed to property owners.

Council representatives approved the Resolution of Necessity for the Monroe Street project and made a motion to file the preliminary plan and schedule with the Palo Alto County Treasurer. Plans and specifications will be prepared and contractors will be notified of a hearing and letting for the project.

Details of the over two hour public hearing will be in The Reporter next week.