Council sends eight projects up for public hearing Feb. 16

Published 7:30 am Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The city took a step forward with a number of upcoming construction projects Monday night, voting to bring eight of them up for a public hearing on Feb. 16.

City engineer Jon Erichson said this is just a part of a longer process to ensure the projects are done properly. He added that it is too early to say when the proposed projects are slated to begin, though sometime in the spring would be the earliest date.

The projects include a number of curb and pavement improvements, a new trail that would connect the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s trails with the city’s and some street rehabilitation.

A project aimed at reworking the intersection at Main Street and Oakland Avenue was tabled and will be the focus of further council discussion.

In all, the nine projects are projected to cost just less than $4 million, with funding coming from various sources, including grants, citizen assessments and city funds.

Erichson said all the projects are part of the city’s five-year plan and have been discussed for some time.