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City details ideas for future CSAH 11 corridor

The city of Pequot Lakes will inform the Crow Wing County Highway Department of the city’s vision for the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 11 corridor when Highway 371 expands to four lanes east of downtown.

The Planning Commission is analyzing the CSAH 11 corridor and the two other gateway entrances to the city that will be established when the expanded highway is built, currently set for 2018.

The vision includes keeping the road corridor safe and efficient for moving traffic. The city is open to exploring the option of constructing small diameter roundabouts on CSAH 11.

Other topics considered include: narrow driving lanes to keep traffic moving slowly; paved multi-use trails for snowmobile/bicycle traffic; sidewalks for pedestrians; stamped asphalt pedestrian crosswalks; buried utility lines; pedestrian scaled lighting; parallel parking; curb and gutter; landscaping showcasing artists’ works; no medians; and decorative and pedestrian-scaled lighting.

In other business June 4, the council:

• Heard from resident Jack Schmidt regarding the police department, urban vs. rural tax rate and the removal of trees for a Dollar Store on a corner property.

• Accepted the low bid from Anderson Brothers for various sidewalk improvements for $41,390.

• Accepted a design proposal from Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) engineering firm for North Washington Street reconstruction from CSAH 11 to Oriole Street, likely in 2014, for $30,150.

• Accepted a WSN proposal for survey services for Trailside Park, which the city now owns, for an estimated $2,200 using park dedication funds.

• Accepted a quote from JNI Painting and Prefinishing for $3,860 to paint the exterior of the front of city hall.

• Agreed to donate $150 each to the Mayo Lake Association for weed control and to the Sibley Lake Association. The city owns property on both lakes with the new Mayo Lake Park Preserve and Sibley Park.

• Accepted the 2012 year-end financial report.