EAST GRAND FORKS — Members of East Grand Forks City Council have authorized Widseth to prepare a feasibility report for one of three 2023 federal funding projects that will undergo special assessment.
The three projects council members have agreed to pursue for the 2023 Federal Funding Project include: Fifth Avenue Northeast from 20th Street Northeast to 15th Street Northeast, Fifth Avenue Northeast from Highway 2 at 10th Street Northeast and on high priority areas along DeMers Avenue from Central Avenue to 10th Street.
During last week’s business session, council members discussed whether all three projects should be subject to a special assessment or whether only the work on Fifth Avenue Northeast, from 20th Street Northeast to 15th Street Northeast, were to be assessed. The total construction cost for this proposed project is estimated at $718,997.50 with a 30% estimated project cost of $215,699.25 for owners.
City Engineer Steve Emery offered council members the opportunity to assess 30% of the total project costs for work on the other two projects at Tuesday’s council meeting in case council members want to assess as well. these projects. In the end, board members only approved special assessments for the first proposed project.
For the work on Fifth Avenue Northeast, from Highway 2 to 10th Street Northeast, the total project cost is estimated at $352,817.40. Work in high priority areas along DeMers Avenue is estimated at $177,385.
The next steps to proceed with the evaluation of the first proposed project will be for Widseth to prepare a feasibility report and file this report with the council; hold an improvement hearing; authorize the preparation of plans and specifications as well as the setting of a submission date; examine the offers received with the council; and hold a final assessment hearing.
In other news Tuesday, council members:
Approved plans and specifications and authorized the announcement of tenders for pedestrian improvements to Bygland Road and 13th Street Southeast.
Award to Opp Construction, the lowest bidder of the two bids received, for paving and surfacing work on Sixth Street Northwest for an amount of $26,800. RJ Zavoral & Sons was the other high bidder at $27,430. The project will be paid for from the city’s street reconstruction budget.