Sixth Street Reconstruction – Council resolution to order improvement and authorize prep of plans and specs

On the agenda for tomorrow night’s City Council meeting (Item 15 and pages 186-193 of the packet) is Resolution 2014-005 – Sixth Street Reconstruction Project – Order Improvement and Preparation of Plans and Specifications. The project process page describes this:

The project may be ordered any time within 6 months after the Improvement Hearing. It is not advisable to change project parameters after ordering the improvement. Upon ordering the improvement construction drawings and specifications are prepared. Any changes to the project scope after this point will require redesign effort with additional cost and staff time as a result. This also has the potential to delay the project.

Here’s the 8 page excerpt (PDF) from the Council packet authored by Joe Stapf, Public Works Director/City Engineer and Brian Erickson, Assistant Public Works Director/Assistant City Engineer.

Sixth Street Reconstruction - Order Improvement Authorize Prep of Plans and Specs - Jan 7 2014


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  1. The Council voted 7-0 to approve the resolution last night. Posted to the Northfield News website today:

    Councilors heard a presentation from Assistant Public Works Director Brian Erickson about the proposed Sixth Street reconstruction project, which includes complete reconstruction of street surfaces and underground utilities from Washington Street to the dead end of Sixth Street, including two blocks of College St., two blocks of Winona St. and one block of Nevada St. Erickson said the engineering department’s plan was to narrow most streets to 32 feet and add a cul-de-sac at the end of East Street. The project is estimated to cost about $2.9 million. Councilors voiced concerns about a potential loss of parking, the accessibility for bicycles and the aesthetics of the cul-de-sac, which would be seen from Central Park.

    They also brainstormed a few alternatives for the project, with Mayor Dana Graham suggesting the streets only be narrowed to 36 feet. When the councilors learned that the Parks and Recreation Board had some reservations on how best to proceed, they decided to approve the resolution so the project could get started but add an amendment that city staff bring back more information, including what the Park and Recreation Board would recommend. “There’s no point in having an advisory commission if there’s no advice,” Councilor Suzie Nakasian said.