St. Boni moves forward with road project

By Emily Hedges

After adopting a Five Year Reconstruction Plan for St. Boni streets during its Sept. 5 regular meeting, the council went right to work moving forward with the 2013 Road Reconstruction Project. City Engineer Jake Saulsbury presented the feasibility study that puts a price of $2.15 million on the project that includes work to Kennedy Memorial Drive, Centennial Avenue, Tower Street, Tristan Land East, and an overlay of the northeast streets and First Avenue.
The study identified 84 properties that will receive an average assessment of $3,500, or $325 per year for a 15-year term. Owners are invited to a public hearing on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Boni City Hall to discuss proposed assessments. A general public hearing on the project and intent to issue general obligation street
reconstruction bonds is set for Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
According to Mayor Rick Weible, the 2013 Reconstruction Project will not be a significant impact to the levy given there are a number of bonds coming off in the next few years.
The next phase of the Five-Year Reconstruction project will take place in 2015 with mill and overlay of Glacier Road, Walnut Road, Spruce Road, Aspen Road, and Partridge Road for an estimated $410,000.

CR 92 sidewalks, ditch
The council decided to move forward with a topographical survey and design options for Co. Rd. 92 sidewalks and ditches from the north point of Missile Park along Co. Rd. 92 up to the Fire Station. The council needs the survey to assess options for the project and to secure the necessary permits from Hennepin County. Bolton & Menk estimates the survey/design to cost between $10,000-$30,000.
Residents have requested sidewalks from the Fire Station to the city ballpark, and the council agrees they are needed for public safety. Weible said that sidewalks are a priority on Co. Rd. 92 versus other streets, such as Kennedy Memorial Drive, given the types of vehicles that use it and the speed of traffic.

Trail overflow parking
Anyone using the Dakota Trail in St. Boni is encouraged to use overflow parking at Shirley Logelin Memorial Park at 8991 Partridge Road.
Also, the council:
• Adopted the proposed 2013 tax levy of $668,933, which represents a decrease of 3.4 percent from 2012.
• Set the Truth in Taxation hearing for Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
• Received a report on remaining items to complete the Highland Road project. All that remains is a layer of asphalt will be laid in October, some final punch list items, and winter ditch cleaning.
• Agreed that homeowners associations within St. Boni can use the Community Center at no charge.
• Accepted a donation of $1,495 from the Mohawk Jaycees to complete the rain garden by public works.
• Sent a letter to the property owner of 9109 Glacier Road regarding their lack of cooperation in obtaining a dwelling rental license. A notice was recently sent to the tenant notifying them of the non-compliance. Penalties total $2,735.
• Received a complaint via email about the condition of sidewalks on Main Street around 4144 and 4157.
• Received a letter from Susan Johnson resigning her position on the St. Boni planning commission.