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Streets again main issue in front of council PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Streets and infrastructure were the main focus areas for a second consecutive meeting of the city council.    
On Monday, the council approved creation of two Street Improvement Districts (SIDs) for paving with curb and gutters on East 3rd and Cape Sts., both in the Cornerstone property.
Initial plans for East 3rd St. were for graveling the entire street from Holland east to Highway 61 along with curb and gutter, but the council also asked for alternate bids for paving that street.
Community Development Director Jason Tuller told council members Monday estimates for concrete paving for one block of East 3rd (Holland to Orsa) would increase the project from an estimated $800,000 to $1 million.
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recommended at an April 24 meeting to proceed with the concrete for that one block, and gravel the remaining street from Orsa east to the highway.
Based on the CAC recommendation, $600,000 toward the project will come from cash on hand in the LB840 sales tax fund, with the remaining $400,000 to be bonded.
Tuller said payments for the $400,000 in bonds will also come from the LB840 fund.
Tuller added there are no plans to assess future property  owners along East 3rd St. for the street improvements. Currently there are 17 residential lots on both sides of East 3rd between Holland and Orsa.
None of the residential lots have been sold.
Regarding the SID on Cape St., which borders the north side of the new Harchelroad’s building, tax increment financing (TIF) dollars will be used to pay for that work.
In a related area, the council also approved a “resolution of necessity” for creating a Sanitary Improvement District in Cornerstone. Those costs for installation of sewer are included in the costs of the East 3rd St., improvements, according to discussion Monday.
A more formal resolution adoption and as well as approval of bids for the street work is expected at the council’s May 18 meeting.
More vacating of streets requested
Matt Moser asked the council to consider closing East 2nd St. from Park to Adams St., and Adams St., between East 2nd and 3rd Sts., west of Schroeder Park.
No action was taken by the council, as several wanted to physically examine the area in question.  
Moser has a business building in the area that apparently abuts onto East 2nd St. Council member Charlesa Kline questioned if closing the streets would affect drainage in that area which is already a concern, she noted.
In other action Monday, the council approved Trent Zwickl as a member of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Dept. His approval puts the department at full capacity with 35 firefighters.
A correction was also approved on a resolution pertaining to a conditional use permit given to Helena Chemical for fertilizer and chemical storage at its plant north of Imperial. The first resolution stated the plant is outside the city limits, but it’s actually inside city limits.


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