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Jenkins: Council discusses road improvement

Residents took the opportunity at a Feb. 9 Jenkins City Council public hearing to ask questions and make suggestions about the possible road improvement project for Shanty Court and Brown Boulevard, according to draft meeting minutes.

Residents took the opportunity at a Feb. 9 Jenkins City Council public hearing to ask questions and make suggestions about the possible road improvement project for Shanty Court and Brown Boulevard, according to draft meeting minutes.

Residents of those streets had approached the council during previous meetings to begin a process that could ultimately lead to repairs to the two roads north of Ackerman Trail.

City Engineer Dave Reese said the project included improvements to create two 10-foot wide driving lanes with shoulders. Paving is not being considered. Those roads would have a minimum four inches of Class 5 gravel added and possibility of replacement of an existing culvert.

Reese said an estimate of costs was made by averaging the costs of projects over the year, plus a 10 percent contingency. Costs were estimated at $2,850 per lot for 11.5 lots. Reese said he hoped a competitive bidding process could lead to a lower cost.

The charges for the road improvement would not be incurred until after a final assessment hearing, presenting the actual cost to each property. The council would then need to approve the final assessment, and it would be passed on to Crow Wing County. Those costs would then either be paid to the county or paid up front without interest within 30 days. The city would set interest and timeframe.

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In response to a question by Becky Crary of Shanty Court, Reese said workers would be required to maintain access to properties for property owners.

Jon Koch asked if the road could be paved in the future. Reese said it could, but that would be an additional special assessment project.

Chuck Welte of Shanty Court said he did not think property owners with multiple lots would be amenable to the current estimates. Reese said this methodology was typical.

Mayor Jon Lubke said if the street was brought up to pre-bituminous standards, as proposed in this project, the city would want to make sure it was properly crowned and drained. Reese said it would be top soiled and turfed. Lubke added that under city control it could be dust controlled also.

During its regular meeting following the public hearing, the Jenkins City Council approved a resolution to have the city engineer begin the process of creating plans and specifications for the road improvement project.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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