Ottertail to hold hearing on sidewalk project
The projected cost of Ottertail’s downtown sidewalk project has nearly doubled after an engineering firm submitted its preliminary report.
Originally estimated to cost approxinately $100,000, the total cost looks like it will be closer to $192,000, engineer Bob Schlieman told Ottertail City Council at its February 19 meeting.
Instead of simply replacing old sidewalks and adding new ones along Main Street. The project now includes ways to direct storm water away from the roads and sidewalks in the form of curbs, gutters and storm sewer. It also includes ramps to make sidewalks accessible to the disabled and sloping roads to ensure proper drainage.
Schlieman told officials that the end result would be “something the city can be proud of.” They can do less, he said, but failing to make certain corrections would lead to standing water in the middle of the street, which could lead to icy conditions in the winter.
The council agreed to proceed with the project, setting a public hearing for Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. A public hearing is necessary as some of the affected property owners would have to share in a portion of the project cost.
“This was our big goal for streets this year,” said council member Heather Rosenthal. “We need to move forward with it.”
Council member Darold Woessner said that since the council has worked on the issue for years, “We want to do it right.”
There are also issues the engineering firm hasn’t looked at yet, including fuel tanks buried near the street from back when burying tanks was common practice.
Also, officials are hoping that the state transportation department might share some of the cost, since Main Street is a state road with state right-of-way.
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