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Mounting road problems on Afton Hills

The poor shape of the roads up on Afton Hills is no secret in Afton many residents frequently comment during city meetings. - Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Afton Hills may soon be getting the road that it needs, but where the money comes from is still a question that needs to be answered.

At the Tuesday, July 21 meeting of the Afton City Council, the council directed the city engineer, Diane Hankee, to start advertising for bids for the project.

During the meeting Hankee was not in attendance due to vacation, but a substitute engineer would pass on the decision.

The proposed reconstruction of Afton Hills Court would cost $286,000 for the first 2 1/2 inches of improvement.

The reconstruction of Afton Hills would include repairing, patching and paving.

The remaining 1 1/2 inches will be done at a different time and will be bid separately.

The need for road improvements on Afton Hills was first discussed at the June meeting of the council. During that meeting, residents of the neighborhood voiced their frustrations with the road improvements being delayed for so long.

The council, primarily council members Bill Palmquist and Randy Nelson, voiced their hesitation because they weren't entirely sure if they had the money in the budget to cover such an extensive project since a portion of the money will have to be allocated to cover their lawsuits.

The council will revisit whether or not the improvements can be feasibly accomplished and paid for once the bids come back.

"I just want to make sure all the money lines up," Palmquist said.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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