At the Wyoming City Council’s Oct. 15 meeting, City Engineer Mark Erichson presented the feasibility study on the city’s 2020 street improvement project. Erichson said that an initial information session had been held with the homeowners.
The complete reconstruction project will take place on several streets south of 22 on the west side of Interstate Highway 35, including Everton Avenue, Everton Circle, 264th Street and Court, 263rd Street and Court, and Emerald Avenue, all roads that Erichson said are in “very poor condition.”
“[There were some] Band-Aids, but they are starting to break up as well,” he said, noting that ditches are starting to hold water, which leaves water in yards and makes it hard for some residents to get mail.
“Drainage is an issue. ... Storm sewer pipes were not designed to current standards,” he added.
Part of the problem is what Erichson called “relatively poor material for building roadways” on the targeted roads, which were constructed in the 1970s. He said the roads’ makeup is very silty and holds water, causing problems with freezing and thawing.
A public hearing on the project will be held Nov. 19. Plans will be completed in January, bids will be issued in February, and if all goes according to schedule, construction will begin right away in the spring. The maximum road width will be 28 feet.
Councilwoman Linda Nanko-Yeager asked if the road would be wide enough for cars to park on both sides of the street.
Erichson said the roads are low volume and that staff doesn’t anticipate a lot of street parking. He added that 44 feet wide would be the state standards for a road with parking on both sides but due to the low volume on the road, he felt comfortable with a 28-foot roadway.
Twenty percent of the project will be assessed to homeowners. The city identified 113 taxable units in the project area. The total assessment is approximately $588,800, with each unit being assessed at $5,210.62. The assessment can be paid in a lump or financed at 4-5% over 15 years.
Wyoming Mayor Lisa Iverson asked if the concerns of residents were addressed. Erichson said he had talked with individual property owners about concerns and some concerns were addressed in the feasibility study.
In 2020, the city will be conducting a water tower rehabilitation project on the south water tower.
“We’ve had float down inspections a number of years ago at the same water tower and a number of issues were found. … We knew that in the near future we would have to do a rehabilitation project,” Erichson said.
A float down inspection is conducted by a raft inside the tower. The water is released from the tower, and as it is released, the raft will float down and inspect the inside of the tower.
Erichson said the city had set aside $50,000 in 2018, $175,000 in 2019 and an additional $175,000 in 2020 for the rehabilitation. The council voted to conduct a float down inspection and then plan for the rehab in 2020.
One issue towers can have if they are not utilized regularly is the water in the tower can freeze and expand and cause damage.
“What happens if we don’t do this [rehabilitation]?” Iverson asked. Erichson said towers can become an eyesore or even structurally unsafe if they aren’t kept up with projects like this.
The rehabilitation project is projected to take 12 to 16 weeks.