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2013 BE street projects cost $2.4 M

By Staff | Oct 19, 2014

The numbers are in. And, the numbers are pretty big.

The numbers are the total costs for the two street improvement projects completed by the city of Blue Earth in the summer of 2013. They show the city spent just over $2.4 million on the street and utility work.

And, just about half that amount, $1.2 million, was assessed to the residents of the city who live on the various streets of the two projects.

The details were released at two public hearings held on successive nights two weeks ago.

The first project included portions of 11th and 12th streets and all of Highland Drive.

Total project costs were $1.08 million, for water mains and water service lines, sanitary sewer mains and service lines, storm sewers and street resurface, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveway aprons.

Of that amount, the city is paying $1.2 million and local residents are being assessed $677,822.

The property owners’ share is broken down as $2,365 for each water service, $2,010 for each sanitary sewer line and $79.50 per foot of property frontage for the streets, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

The property owners may pay the full amount at any time, or have it put on their property taxes, spread out over the next 15 years.

The city pays 100 percent of the cost of the water and sanitary and storm sewer mains and 70 percent of the costs of the street work.

The other large street project in 2013 was the Highway 169 reconstruction project.

While the Minnesota State Department of Transportation (MnDOT) took on the brunt of the $12 million cost of the work, the city had a share in the work as well, to the tune of $1.4 million.

The total of the assessments to residents and business owners along Highway 169 (and a portion of Third Street) was $657,275.

The figures worked out the same as for the other project. Each property owner was assessed $2,365 for each water service line, $2,010 for each sewer line and $79.50 per foot of frontage.

That means a business or home owner in the project areas who has a 100 foot wide lot and sewer and water service would be assessed a total of $12,325.

City engineer Wes Brown pointed out that property owners along Highway 169 were assessed as though the highway was a 36-foot wide city street instead of a much wider state highway, so they ended up paying the same as any resident in the city.

Only a couple of residents were at the Highland, 11th and 12th street assessment hearing and less than a dozen were at the Highway 169 hearing. There were some questions by the residents which were answered by city staff.