The Pequot Lakes City Council met before the regular council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, to hear about 2020 road improvement project designs for Rasmussen Road and South Washington Avenue from city engineer Tim Houle, of Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm.

No action was taken.

Rasmussen Road

Proposed work from East Sibley to South Rae are:

  • Underground utilities improvements.

  • Sanitary sewer replacement from Main Street to Sibley Street, and at a crossing at Gravdahl.

  • Water main replacement from North Rae to Sibley Street.

  • Potential stormwater infiltration basins east of the water treatment plant and on the south side of Gravdahl adjacent to the existing lift station.

Houle then discussed proposed surface road improvements on each block of Rasmussen Road.

South Washington Avenue

Proposed work from Main Street to East Woodman Street are:

  • Replace sanitary sewer and water main under the two blocks.

  • New curb and gutter street and storm drainage in the Butler to Main block.

  • Underground utilities improvements.

  • Sanitary sewer replacement and water main replacement from Woodman to Main.

  • Storm drainage from Woodman to Butler and from Butler to Main.

Houle then discussed proposed surface road improvements on each block of South Washington Avenue.

Time is critical for the projects, Houle said.

“Short of assessing every property owner, I don’t know how we’re going to do it, or be able to continue to do it,” council member Jerry Akerson said of the eventual project cost.

Council consensus was the city couldn’t get an assessment policy in place before these projects occur.

A lot of the expense is in the infrastructure, which needs to be done before it fails, council member Cheri Seils said.

City Administrator Nancy Malecha will look into special assessments and policies and the council will discuss that in the future.

First Street

Regarding the frontage road that runs parallel to Patriot Avenue in front of the Dollar Tree and Speedway and continuing south, council consensus was not to spend any money on that road and instead to research and consider other ideas for the road.

Jason Gorr, public works director, asked if the city needs the road anymore.

North Sluetter Road

The city received information from Maury Graham on behalf of property owners along North Sluetter Road, petitioning the city to pave the road. Graham has begged the council at numerous past council meetings to improve North Sluetter Road.

The petition includes 18 of 21 property owners on the road asking that the road be paved by including the project in the final bond issue intended for 2020 road construction. North Sluetter is not on the city’s road improvement plan through 2021.

After much discussion that included the recent inventory done ranking what city roads need improvement - North Sluetter is not included on that inventory - the council agreed to ask its financial adviser about adding the North Sluetter project to the 2020 package.

Mayor James Tayloe was absent Aug. 6.