Improvements coming to Airport Road

A project that will result in a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 284 and 10th Street in Waconia later this summer was expanded thanks to action taken by the Waconia City Council on Aug. 5.
As explained by Public Services Director Craig Eldred during the council’s regular meeting on Aug. 5, in 2010 the Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) assumed property previously held by the Plowshares Development group in order to develop affordable housing at 855 and 905 Airport Road.
As part of that agreement, the CDA agreed to provide road improvements (including curb and gutter, bituminous surfacing, sidewalks and landscaping) from the CDA properties to CSAH 59 / Main Street by Dec. 31, 2013.
With that sunset date approaching and the improvements still needing to be finished, officials with the city and the CDA recently met to discuss the best way to complete the improvements.
Eldred said it was the city’s desire to not extend the deadline so as to avoid further damage and wear to the current infrastructure and to improve pedestrian safety for citizens in that area. It was determined that in terms of obtaining desirable costs and timing for a project of this scope, the best solution was to add the project to a current project or current potential project. The Highway 284 / 10th Street project provided that opportunity.
The estimated cost of the Airport Road improvement project is approximately $210,000, a cost that will be covered by the CDA. In contrast, the project’s estimated cost in 2010 was approximately $149,000. A Memorandum of Understanding will be approved by the city and the CDA regarding the details of the project prior to its start later this summer. The Airport Road improvements are expected to be completed by mid-October.
At this time, the project does not include street lighting since that was not part of the agreement in 2010. The city is working with MN Valley Electric about installing street lighting along that portion of Airport Road.
Also during the meeting:
• John Regan was recognized for 19 years of service to the Waconia Fire Department. Regan recently offered his resignation effective Aug. 1. Regan joined the department in May 1994 and has served as an emergency first responder and as an officer of training and safety for the department.
The city will look to fill the vacancy created by Regan’s resignation.
• The council approved temporary parking restrictions on city streets near the Carver County Fairgrounds during the fair, which will be held Aug. 7-11. The no parking areas are located near the south entrance gate and along 5th Street. Signs will alert motorists to the no parking areas. Handicap parking stalls will be available near each gate on Burandt Blvd and 3rd St. W.
• The council approved a developer’s agreement regarding the Waterford 5th Addition, which features eight single level home lots that were previously platted as multi-family lots. Utility and street construction work is expected to start mid-August.
• Chris Bahr was appointed to fill a vacant Street Maintenance Worker position. Bahr has seven years of experience in the field at a different municipality.
• The last Movie in the Park event will be held at City Square Park at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Waconia United Food Shelf. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown at Safari Island. The movie will be “Madagascar 3.”
• The next compost collection date at Public Services will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 10. In September, the compost times will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 14 and 28. There is a $1 per bag of material fee or $10 per trailer or pick up load.
• Safari Island is experiencing its annual shut-down maintenance period from Aug. 5-11. The time allows staff to paint, perform maintenance and cleaning and other tasks. The facility will reopen Aug. 12.
• The council’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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