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Cottage Grove plans $9M in projects for 2014

The city of Cottage Grove plans $9.7 million in capital improvement projects in 2014 with the majority of the spending attributed to pavement management and road reconstruction.

Earlier this year, the City Council met in several workshops to discuss the long-term vision of the city’s capital improvement plan and last week approved a plan for 2014-2018.

Slated for the coming year is $3 million in pavement management to the area City Engineer Jennifer Levitt called F1, which includes residential roads south of 90th Street, east of Islay Avenue and north of Jareau Avenue. It will be paid for with municipal state aid, developer charges and special assessments.

Over the next four years, the feasibility report states, pavement management project costs are expected to top $15 million. Of that, $6.7 million is to be assessed to property owners and $5.6 million would be bonded.

During a workshop last month, City Finance Director Robin Roland said because pavement management projects are mandatory, the city can expect to spend roughly $2.4 million each year addressing road rehabilitation.

Making up roughly $2.5 million of the CIP costs in 2014 is the continued infrastructure improvements related to development in the East Ravine area of Cottage Grove. And another $1 million is attributed to the continued extension of Ravine Parkway.

Other projects include $602,000 for the extension of 97th Street and $350,000 to install streetlights on Hardwood Avenue from 70th Street to 80th Street.

The area was problematic for council member Justin Olsen, who was concerned for the safety of pedestrians.

“When it gets late that area gets really dark,” Olsen said in a recent workshop. “The trail system is there and it gets busier and busier. I think people would appreciate the opportunity to take a walk with a little light to make them feel safe.”

The stretch of road, Levitt said, is the only collector road that has conduit poles but no lights.

Other projects

Also expected to occur within the next five years is the repairing and repainting of a three-million-gallon water tower and a one-million gallon water tower. The total project costs $1.6 million.

The meter replacement project will continue at $225,000 a year for the next four years and involve the replacement of all water meters in the city that are older than 20 years.

The swimming pool is also slated for demolition in 2014.

During the last CIP workshop, Parks and Recreation Director Zac Dockter expressed concern about the pool, which had sat empty since it closed in August 2011.

“It’s a safety hazard,” he said. “There is no use for it and it has to go.”

The demolition is expected to cost around $20,000.

Other park improvements include $400,000 for the construction of a park within the Michael’s Pointe housing development, $200,000 for the creation of two parks, one at Eastridge Woods and another at Ravine Meadows, and $10,000 for an upgrade to the Lamar Park water filtration system.

The first two years of the CIP, 2014 and 2015, will serve as a work plan and be brought before the City Council prior to the compilation of feasibility reports, acquisition or construction.