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Street improvement hearings, Turtle Creek 2 sewer project on council agenda

A series of public hearings will be held on upcoming street improvement projects during the Austin City Council’s next regular meeting.

Details will be discussed on 2020 improvement plans for the following locations:

• 10th Street Northeast (Oakland Place Southeast to Second Avenue Northeast) and Fourth Street Southwest (Oakland Avenue West to First Avenue Southwest);

• Fifth Street Southwest (First Avenue to Fifth Avenue Southwest), Sixth Avenue Southwest (Fourth Street to Sixth Street Southwest) and Seventh Street Southwest (Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue Southwest);

• Fifth Avenue Northeast (Oakland Place to 19th Street Northeast); and

• Seventh Street Northwest (Eighth Avenue to 13th Avenue Northwest) and Ninth Avenue Northwest (Fourth Street to Eighth Street Northwest).

If there are no objections, the council will vote on resolutions ordering improvements, approving plans and specifications, and ordering advertisement for bids on each project.

The council will vote on the adoption and publication of an amendment to the city’s dangerous animal ordinance. The amendment would require a non-refundable $75 fee be paid for any appeals of a “dangerous animal” designation and would also require an upfront deposit for boarding costs of said animal at the city pound. The deposit would be refundable if the “dangerous animal” designation is overturned at the appeal hearing.

The council will also vote on approving $25,000 from the 2020 contingency fund for downtown Christmas decorations.

City Engineer Steven Lang will discuss a feasibility report on proposed improvements to the Turtle Creek 2 sanitary sewer during the council’s next work session.

Proposed work on the sewer, located west of Austin along Oakland Avenue West, includes extension of the sanitary sewer to 40 residential properties and will include 26 gravity service connections, 14 low-pressure service connections and five service connections.

The estimate cost for the project is $1,933,001. Of that, $1,310,400.80 would be funded by a Point Source Implementation Grant and $622,600 would be funded by Wastewater Treatment Plant Fund 61. The rest would be covered by the property owners through the Sewer Access Charge, which is $16,700 per household.

Jennifer Lawhead, Jayne Gibson and Molly Lanke will also discuss the Early Learning Nation Grant during the work session.

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the council will hold its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the City Council Chambers located in the basement of City Hall. The work session will take place in the conference room across the hall from the chambers immediately following the meeting.

For a complete agenda, visit www.ci.austin.mn.us/city-council.