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Construction to begin on city streets

Woodbury will continue with its road rehabilitation plan this June, when construction begins on several streets.

City Council approved a $4 million project last week where the following neighborhoods will experience disruptions this summer:

Tahoe Road, Carver Park Drive and Carver Park Circle; Woodlane Hills and Victoria Place; Glen Road (Century Avenue to Radio Drive); Rolling Acres and Century Avenue (Kalen Drive to Military Road).

Streets are in poor condition with some built as far back as 30 years ago, city engineer Paul Kauppi said. The project includes removal and replacement of curb and gutter, minor storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main repairs, storm water quality improvements and pavement removal and replacement.

A total of 626 properties will be assessed for the project, including large single family lots and more than 300 multi-family units.

Assessment bills will vary from about $400 up to about $4,000 for the large lots, Kauppi said.

The assessments will be spread over 15 years with a 3 percent interest rate, however, those who want to pay in full without interest must do so by June 21.

The city received one appeal out of the total 626 who were notified of the project and its cost.

One homeowner spoke at the public hearing Wednesday, May 22, expressing concern over his $3,000 assessment, saying he's unable to pay it off.

City officials said there is a program for seniors and those with disability to apply for deferment of the assessment.

Kauppi said benefit appraisals were done on the properties to weigh the cost of road improvements over the property values after construction.

According to a city report, there have been instances in the past where the proposed assessment amounts exceeded the actual benefits.

In this project, two instances determined a property in the north part of Century Road was proposed to be assessed $16,137, while the benefit appraisal determined $7,900.

Additionally, a 20-acre parcel along Glen Road was to be assessed $9,200, with the benefit appraisal at $9,000.

The shortfall will be funded from a street reconstruction maintenance fund, according to the report, in order to stay consistent with the city's assessment policy.

The city will hold a neighborhood meeting Thursday, June 6, to give residents details on the project. Construction is set to begin Monday, June 10.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.