The city of Cambridge is moving forward with its 2020 street improvements, with a public hearing scheduled for Oct. 21 to discuss the proposed project and property owner assessments in more detail.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting Sept. 16, City Engineer Todd Blank explained the 2020 street improvement project includes improving the streets and underground utilities located on:

• Sixteenth Avenue Southeast from Old South Main Street to South Roosevelt Street.

• Eighteenth Avenue Southeast from Old South Main Street to Highway 65.

• Old South Main Street from 16th Avenue Southeast to the cul-de-sac.

• South Haven Drive from 16th Avenue Southeast to 18th Avenue Southeast.

Blank explained the streets and storm sewer within the project area were constructed 27 or more years ago. Sixteenth Avenue Southeast and Old South Main Street were Isanti County roads and were turned over to the city in 1993 upon the completion of Highway 65. Portions were reconstructed and some were milled and overlaid. Eighteenth Avenue Southeast and South Haven Drive were constructed in 1989. The streets are in poor condition, especially 16th Avenue Southeast, which carries a relatively higher amount of traffic and is no longer cost effective to maintain with patching.

Following discussion, the council approved a resolution accepting the feasibility report, ordering the public hearings and declaring the costs to be assessed.

Blank explained to complete the off-road trail system, the trail on Old South Main Street is proposed to be extended south to the cul-de-sac at the Cambridge Christian School. The trail on the north side of 16th Avenue Southeast, from Peterson Park, is also proposed to be extended underneath the Highway 65 bridge to Opportunity Boulevard. Existing trails are also proposed to be reconstructed.

The total project cost is approximately $5 million, with the city paying for 92% of the costs ($4.6 million) through various city funds and assessed property owners paying 8% of the costs ($411,872).

A total of 50 parcels are proposed to be assessed for the 2020 street improvement project.

Blank noted seven parcels on 16th Avenue Southeast received an $1,100 credit on their proposed assessments due to the donation of a strip of right of way when it was platted recently. He said the credit is based on 150% of the assessed land value set by Isanti County.

If the project keeps moving forward, the council will award the construction contract at its April 6 meeting, with construction to begin in May 2020 and wrap up in September 2020.

Annexation of parcels

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe explained she was directed by Council Member Bob Shogren to have a discussion on the annexation of parcels that can only be accessed by a city street.

Woulfe identified 13 parcels located within Cambridge and Isanti townships. Some of the addresses are located along 34th Avenue Southwest, Ten Oaks Street South, Underwood Street South, Sunset Lane and Maple Dell Road.

Woulfe said the parcels are all contiguous to the city of Cambridge municipal boundaries and could be annexed by ordinance.

Following discussion, the council approved a motion to direct staff to begin the annexation process for these parcels that are accessed via city street.

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