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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Capital Improvement Budget and Street Program Announced

Street repaving. Photo by Glenn Beltz via Creative Commons.

Speaking for the city Public Works Committee, Chair Ken Bowman shared recommendations for the 2018 capital improvement budget at the December city council meeting. The budget includes funds for streets selected for improvements in the coming year.

Reading from a statement by the committee, Bowman said, "The 2018 street improvement program includes the following streets: Pentland Place, Sabre Court and David Drive. The plan calls for complete removal and construction of these streets, gutters, storm sewer inlets and replacement of granular subgrade with trenches draining under the new pavement."
Bowman said property owners are subject to a special assessment cost split of 60-40 for Pentland Place because it’s classified as a collector street. The city will cover 60 percent of the cost, while property owners contribute the rest. The other streets in the program would be a 50-50 cost share split. The estimated costs are equivalent to the cost of traditional resurfacing projects, he said. It is expected the assessments will generate about $29,000 for the projects.

Capital Improvement Budget breakdown

Bowman announced that the total estimated costs for the 2018 Capital Improvement Program would be $735,000, broken down as follows:

  • Roadway improvements are expected to cost $640,000.
  • The program includes continued implementation of city’s adopted sidewalk program with replacement of deteriorated sidewalks at selected streets at an estimated cost of $30,000.
  • The program also includes $30,000 for planned and potential storm sewer inlet replacement projects, which will be leveraged under the SD1 50-50 cost share program.
  • About $10,000 will be set aside in contingency funds for emergency repairs and city infrastructure and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Funds will be set aside to pay city contractor CT Consultants for engineering services is $25,000.

Changing the timeline

Discussion and proposal of the Capital Improvement Budget and the street program was brought to council earlier in the year to allow for the work get underway in the summer while school is out. This will be the timeline in years going forward.

Bowman mentioned that the committee had a long list of streets in need of repair but resource limitations forced them to select only a handful of streets. Some streets have already been mentioned for potential improvements in 2019.

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