Summer street projects up for public discussion

Published 6:30 pm Saturday, March 19, 2011

Austin residents will have the chance to chime in on street improvement assessments Monday.

Austin’s City Council will hold public hearings during their monthly meeting dealing with assessments for residents living along sections of 14th Avenue NE, North Main Street, Seventh Street SW, 10th Avenue SW, the Roosevelt Bridge area and streets near Woodson Kindergarten Center. The council will present each street improvement project and associated costs. There will be a call for written objections at the hearing as well.

If resolutions on each project’s assessment costs pass Monday, residents have several options to pay the assessment bills, which will be sent out mid-Summer. They could pay the entire bill upfront by Oct. 31, pay half of the bill by the end of October and pay the other half through increased taxes over the next 15 years, or have their taxes increase over the next 15 years at 6 percent interest.

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Council members will also discuss approving a power purchase agreement between the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Austin Utilities for a wind turbine that qualifies as a small power production facility generating less than 40 kW. The wind turbine will not be within city limits.

After the meeting, council members will discuss a flood property acquisition of the Sinclair Gas Station at 501 Oakland Ave. E, off of Fourth Street NE, as well as the Austin Police Department’s annual report during a work session.