Summer update: Sixth St Reconstruction Project

The Sixth St Reconstruction Project blog has been dormant since April because there have no more meetings or policy-related issues. All construction-related news is being provided by the City’s Public Works staff via the Notify Me service. I’ll post some photos of the work on the new cul-de-sac at Old Memorial Park as that’s worked on later this fall.

Here’s an example of the Notify Me service updates on the project, this one from July 25:City of Northfield e-notification banner

A lot of work has been completed since the last update. First off, concrete crews were on-site early in the week, and finished up the remaining concrete work on all of Phase I. The remainder of the week, grading crews continued placing black dirt in the boulevards on the majority of Phase I. Testing crews were on-site working on getting the water tests for the new watermain completed.

Next week, testing crews expect to finish the testing of the new watermains on all of Phase I. Late next week, plumbing crews are expected to begin the process of hooking all homes on Phase I up to the new watermain and eliminating the temporary water system you have all grown accustomed to seeing in your front yards! Also, paving crews are possibly lined up for late next week to place the 1st lift of bituminous asphalt on all of Phase I.

City staff dropped off a tree list to properties on Phase I who will be getting new boulevard trees planted as part of the project. As stated in the letter, properties that have power line conflicts will be limited to trees that have a smaller mature growth height. Although I don’t foresee trees being planted for a few weeks, we would like to get a list of trees to the contractor to give them ample time to locate the trees that are needed.

As of right now, Phase II is expected to begin the week of August 4th. Later next week, the schedule for Phase II will be refined, and a newsletter will be mailed detailing the workflow for all of Phase II.

Have a great weekend!

Work on the Sixth St. Reconstruction project to begin this week. However…

Last Friday’s email newsletter (delivered via the City’s Notify Me service) included this:

As most of you already know, the project is slated to begin Monday April 28, 2014.  Traffic Control contractors will be on-site first thing Monday morning to install the traffic signs for all of Phase I.  Also on Monday, Heselton will work on getting the Temporary Water System constructed along Phase I, which is the blue pipes that are currently laying in the boulevard on the majority of Phase I.  Also next week, Heselton has their road reclamation sub-contractor scheduled to be on-site on Tuesday to reclaim (grind) off the existing road surface.  Heselton has indicated that the weather at the beginning of next week may not be conducive to the road surface reclaiming operation, so it may get pushed back to mid-week.


The forecast for the early part of this week does not look promising for the start of construction.


Sixth St. Reconstruction Project hosts individual meetings with 34 households

Sean SimonsonLast week, Northfield’s Engineering Technician Coordinator Sean Simonson held separate half-hour meetings with about 34 individual property owners to go over the proposed construction schedule, and discuss the effects of the project on their individual properties.  These meetings were the Neighborhood Tour that’s listed on page 2 of the Project Process document where it says:

Prior to the start of construction a walking tour of the project corridor will be taken. Individual meetings with property owners will be scheduled to go over the details of construction and document existing conditions.

Sean will be the Project Representative during construction and actively involved with resident communications, so he sent this April 8 letter to residents inviting them to set up these meetings.

Sixth St. Reconstruction Project Individual Meetings letter

Sixth St reconstruction project assessment hearing scheduled for April 15

Sixth St. Reconstruction Project assessment hearing

An assessment hearing for property owners is scheduled for next week, Tuesday April 15, 7 pm at City Hall. The Project Process specifies an assessment hearing

The purpose of this hearing is to give property owners an opportunity to express concerns about the actual special assessment. At the Assessment Hearing the City Council shall hear and consider all objections to the proposed assessment, whether presented orally or in writing.

The Assessment hearing letter was mailed to property owners on March 28, 2014, and an ad was placed in the Northfield News on March 29, 2014.

Sixth St. Reconstruction Project assessment hearing - roll

It has the details for each property owner:

The amount to be specially assessed against your particular lot, piece, or parcel of land is shown in the attachment to this notice.

Sixth St. reconstruction bids opened

City of Northfield Public Works staff opening bids for Sixth St. reconstruction project City of Northfield Public Works staff opening bids for Sixth St. reconstruction project

City of Northfield Public Works staff opened bids for the Sixth St. reconstruction project last week at City Hall.  The Northfield City Council is scheduled to accept the bids and award the contract at its April 1 meeting.

Contractors and bids:

Heselton Construction, LLC: $1,980,069.10
BCM Construction, Inc.: $1,985,556.75
Swenke Ims Contracting: $2,100,739.61
A-1 Excavating, Inc.: $2,249,293.00
Ryan Contracting Co.: $2,324,733.85

Photos: March 6th Sixth St reconstruction meeting with PRAB

Brian Erickson at neighborhood meeting for cul-de-sac plans Brian Erickson at neighborhood meeting for cul-de-sac plans Brian Erickson at PRAB meeting

Last week Assistant Public Works Director/Assistant City Engineer Brian Erickson hosted a neighborhood meeting prior to the PRAB meeting on the landscaping plans for the Sixth St. cul-de-sac at Old Memorial Park. He then met with the PRAB to update them on the project and engage in a little Q&A.


Photos: March 5th Sixth St reconstruction neighborhood meeting (third)

City of Northfield Public Works staff held a third and final neighborhood meeting at City Hall last week. Sean Simonson, Engineering Tech Coordinator, Assistant Public Works Director/Assistant City Engineer Brian Erickson, and Joe Stapf, Public Works Director/City Engineer were on hand to answer questions from property owners along the project corridor, including upcoming schedule, driveway access, tree removals, sidewalk construction, utility replacement, the final plan set, and the preliminary assessment roll.


Update: Publicizing our publicity for the Sixth St. reconstruction project

PublicityFrom the Department of Redundancy Department (heh), this is our second blog post that publicizes our publicity efforts about this Sixth St. reconstruction project. (Our first one was back in October.)

The idea is that by publicly documenting what’s we’re doing to get the word out, we can A) get suggestions on what else we should be doing to promote the project; and B) point to our efforts if and when the day comes that someone says, “How come I didn’t know about this planning process?”

Northfield Public Works - Like us on Facebook  Northfield Citizen Engagement - Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to this 6th St reconstruction blog via RSS Subscribe to Sixth St. email updates via the City of Northfield's Notify Me service Subscribe to Sixth St. text/SMS updates via the City of Northfield's Notify Me service

  1. The City of Northfield’s Public Works department has created a 2014 Sixth Street Reconstruction Project page on its website where updates are listed.
  2. This Sixth St. Reconstruction Project engagement blog is the complete and detailed one-stop place for all things related to the project, including online interactions
  3. Public Works sends letters via USPS to homeowners who live near the project whenever there’s a public meeting about it. You can see these letters on their project site or in the community meeting blog posts here.
  4. The City of Northfield has enabled its Notify Me service for both email and text message alerts for the Sixth St. resconstruction project. Icon links to both are on the left sidebar here on the blog.
  5. All updates to this blog are posted to the Northfield Citizen Engagement Twitter feed @Nfld_Engagement. Most of those retweets are retweeted by the Northfield Public Works Twitter feed @NfldPW and in turn posted to the Northfield Public Works Facebook page.
  6. aggregates the RSS feed for the project via its blogosphere service here. It pulls in the blog post headlines into its right sidebar along with new Tweets. And there is a new blog post about the project as of March 3rd.
  7. Locally Grown Northfield has a Sixth St. Project RSS feed widget in its inner right sidebar and a new blog post about the project as of March 3rd. LoGro also retweets the project tweets to its @LoGroNfld Twitter feed and posts updates to its Locally Grown Facebook page wall, example here.

If you’ve got other suggestions on what we should be doing to publicize this project, attach a comment.