The Cherokee City Council Tuesday night approved a series of resolutions concerning the proposed total renovation of West Cherry Street to begin in Spring 2011.
That project carries an estimated $2 million price tag, with property assessments totaling approximately $400,000 of that, and the City responsible for the remaining $1.5 million, which will be funded by General Obligation bonds.
The project will be bid in February 2011, according to engineers DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates of Sioux City and Rock Rapids.
The approved resolutions establish the assessment schedule, the method of assessments, project costs, the estimated value of each property to be assessed, and the estimated assessment for each property.
The method of assessment is consistent with those of the West Cedar Street project completed in 2004. In addition, the estimated assessment cost per lineal foot is identical to the West Cedar Street project at $55.90 per foot.
The five resolutions passed unanimously by the Council Tuesday include construction of improvements, fixing value of lots, adopting preliminary plat and estimate of costs, project necessity, and authorizing the purchase of a small piece of irregular property from Alliant Energy for $300 to allow for storm sewer improvements.
The $1,952,000 project is budgeted and includes new curb and gutter, storm sewer, water main replacement, and limited sanitary sewer replacement, along with street surface replacement from the CN Railroad Crossing (which will be removed) west to State Street. The storm sewer system will empty into Railroad Creek near West Cherry Street's intersection with U.S. Highway 59.
The project will be funded by General Obligation Bonds and property owner assessment. The new City G.O. debt replaces the principal and interest payments on City debt that will be retired in 2012 and will not impact the City tax rate, according to City Administrator Don Eikmeier.
Also involved in the project will be the removal and/or relocation of utility poles, sidewalk, alley, and intersection approaches where necessary, and some tree removal.
In other action, the Council approved the second reading of an amended ordinance to prohibit overnight parking of motor homes, 5th wheel trailers, travel trailers, boats, or utility or construction trailers on City streets.
A work committee consisting of Council members Mick Mallory and Wayne Pingel met with Mayor Mark Murphy, Police Chief Steve Schuck, Street Superintendent Jim Agnitsch, and City Administrator Don Eikmeier to review the proposed ordinance and all agreed it needed to be implemented.
Special use permits for construction trailers will be issued for temporary periods of time at the discretion of the Police Chief.
The Council also agreed to table indefinitely a proposed amendment to City ordinance regarding wood piles in front and/or side yards of residential areas. After discussion by the special work committee, it was decided that enforcing existing nuisance laws concerning wood piles and firewood would suffice.
In a new development triggered by the recent knowledge the City has qualified for Federal funding that would pay 80-percent of the project cost, the Council approved an engineering agreement with DGR & Associates for a $260,000 project for North 11th Street, from West Cedar Street to West Bluff Street.
That project - consisting of new curb and gutter, street pavement, and an extended water line from Cedar to the 11th Street water tower - will tie in with the West Cherry Street project and property assessments will fund the remaining 20 percent, according to DGR. The water line is over and above the estimated project cost and carries an estimated $60,000 price tag to be picked up by the City.
The City worked through the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) to get the funding. Engineering costs for the project total $45,350 as approved by the Council Tuesday.
The City also approved tax abatements for a home addition at 1200 Greta St., and for a new home at 1112 Iowa St.
The Council also approved the engineer's Statement of Completion for the Wastewater Ultraviolet Project, and authorized the purchase of a new pedestrian bridge in Central Park for $15,000, to be paid by insurance monies following the July tornado that toppled a large tree and totaled the old bridge.
The Council also approved condemnation proceedings on a vacant, dilapidated residential structure at 345 E. Cedar St., and tabled an appointment to the Board of Adjustment pending further review by the Mayor.