St. Boni street reconstruction moves one step closer

By Emily Hedges

St. Boni’s street improvement project is slated to begin by summer. During the April 17 regular meeting, the council took the next step in the process, awarding the contract to low bidder Wm. Mueller & Sons of Hamburg, Minn. for $1,247, 176.
“Now the city engineer will sit down with the contractor and lay out a roadmap,” said Mayor Rick Weible.
Weible said that a letter will go out to residents affected by construction. If work is required on private property, owners will get a personal visit.
The street reconstruction work includes the complete removal and replacement of Kennedy Memorial Drive (KMD) from the Regional Trail to Centennial Avenue; Centennial Avenue from KMD to the dead end; Tower Street from Highway 7 to KMD; and Trista Lane East from Main Street to the east.
The bid was lower than estimated in the Feasibility Study. This should lower final assessments to property owners by 25 to 30 percent from the original estimate (ranging from approximately $30-$40/front foot.)
The council also voted to accept a low bid of $58,417 from Wm. Mueller & Sons for the Centennial Avenue wetland restoration project. The expansion of the holding pond is designed to alleviate area flooding.
In other business, the council:
• Plans to meet with architect Martin Woody and direct him to prepare final specifications for bidding the project to convert St. Boni’s public works garage at City Hall into the new community center.
• Granted a solicitor’s permit to Joe Gartmann, a local contractor from Eagan, Minn., to go door-to-door after hale storms to offer his services in working along side insurance companies in the repair of damages.
• Heard plans from Carolyn Brooks, a volunteer with WeCAN’s Meals on Wheels program, to organize the “Wheels 4 Meals Bike Ride.” On May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will ride the Dakota Trail from the Mound Transit Center to the Bistro in St. Boni and back. For more information, contact (952) 472-0742 Ext. 14. Download pledge forms at www.WeCAN-Help.org.
• Will encourage businesses to purchase a Knox box. The box, which costs from $250-$500, will house keys to the business, and may only be accessed by the Fire Department. The purpose is to allow entrance in case of emergency instead of breaking down the door.

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