Blue Earth plans street resurfacing

BLUE EARTH — The West Industrial Park in Blue Earth will receive new street surfacing this summer, according to information presented at Tuesday’s Blue Earth City Council meeting.

All three streets that comprise the area of the industrial park located along Highway 16 just west of Blue Earth will be resurfaced. Those include Welk, Industrial and Commerce drives.

The resurfacing is a joint project between Faribault County and the city of Blue Earth. Industrial and Commerce drives are also known as County State Aid Highway 63.

Blue Earth city engineer Wes Brown presented the information at the public hearing, which dealt with the streets receiving a mill and overlay of about 3 inches of bituminous. There will be no underground utility work involved in the project.

Cost of the work is estimated to be $367,125. Blue Earth will be responsible for $57,640, with the county and state covering $309,485.

Local property owners in the project area will be responsible for $125,524 in assessments for the work. Blue Earth’s assessment policy calls for the city to fund 70 percent of the work while the property owners are assessed for 30 percent.

Brown said driveway access will be cut off at times during the work and street parking will be restricted, but most restrictions will generally be for less than a day.

Bids for the work are expected to be received in April, with the work to continue during the summer and be completed by October.

In other business at the meeting, the City Council:

o Heard a presentation on how to make Blue Earth a Dementia Friendly Community.

o Heard annual reports covering 2018 from both the fire department and police department. The fire department had 99 calls, while the police department had 3,460 calls for service.

o Voted to accept a bid from Horizon Commercial Pool Supply for a new slide at the pool at a cost of $84,945. The council also accepted a quote of $19,100 for repair of hail damage on the roof at the pool building. The quote was from Priority Construction Services and was the lowest of three received.