Mayer resident Greg Hoese isn’t convinced the city needs a new roundabout at TH 25 and 62nd Street at any price. He appeared at the Feb. 25 regular City Council meeting to voice his opposition to the joint project between the city, Mayer Lutheran High School, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) which would re-open 62nd Street.
Hoese is primarily concerned with the difficulty maneuvering farm equipment in the roundabout, suggesting that turn lanes would be better, and cheaper, for all concerned. He also questioned whether Mayer Lutheran High School was really the driving force behind the project.
Using a large artist rendition of the proposed roundabout, City Engineer Dave Martini reiterated from the last meeting the history of how the project came to be. According to Martini, turn lanes are not a viable option for MnDOT because of the skew that exists at the intersection. After analyzing numerous possibilities, Martini, the City Council, Mayer Lutheran High School and MnDOT decided the roundabout was the best option.
Officer Jay Hodge added his support of the roundabout because he feels it will slow down traffic entering Mayer near where so many students are coming and going.
During the work session that followed the meeting, members discussed the advantages of financing the project with city money rather than bonding for it. City Administrator Luayn Murphy estimated that it could save the project $38,000.
“If we fund the project in-house, both parties save on issuance costs and interest, and the city gets a better investment on its money,” said Murphy.
The city hopes the savings will make the proposed cost-share more palatable to Mayer Lutheran High, which will be asked to pay two-thirds of the remaining project costs after the MnDOT grant is deducted. Before interest and financing savings, the estimated costs would be $168,000 for the city and $343,000 for Mayer Lutheran High School. MnDOT is kicking in $391,000 in grant money.
The opening of 62nd Street is part of Mayer Lutheran High School’s immediate need to improve access to the campus; and part of the City of Mayer’s transportation plan in the long-term.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the following prizes for the Mayer Moxie program: male and female first place, $200; male and female second place, $150; third place female only, $100; fourth place female only, $75; and the team prize of $200. Mayer will award a total of $1,075. Prize money and program costs are funded by carry over from last year, $960 in registration fees, and $1,000 from the Mayer Baseball Club.
• Reminds residents that work sessions follow the second council meeting of the month (the fourth Tuesday). The public is invited to attend.
• Heard from Council Member Tice Stieve-McPadden that the Parks Board is currently gathering quotes to install a restroom at Old Schoolhouse Park.