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Paving price tag inches up

Water, sewer mains part of Lake Avenue project

Paving three blocks of Lake Avenue has become costlier.

At their meeting March 6, Gothenburg City Council members decided to add the repair of a water line, under the nearby intersection of Fourth Street and Avenue D, to the paving project.

Also included is replacement of a sewer main and the addition of three manholes on Lake Avenue to the actual paving project.

The additions, plus the cost of boring under the tail race at the Fourth Street and Avenue D intersection, could boost the cost to about $600,000, according to city engineer Travis Mason.

Initial estimates of the work totalled $414,800.

Mason, who works for Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers of Kearney, said Miller engineers viewed sewer lines, filmed last summer, which showed water problems in the area.

Council president Jeff Kennedy said the council has talked about taking care of aging infrastructure for years.

“We’d better do it (water and sewer improvements) before we throw concrete on top and new services are cheaper to do now,” Kennedy said.

Owners of property along the streets will not be assessed for improvements because it’s not new paving. Existing driveways, torn up by construction, will be replaced to property lines.

In addition to agreeing to the work and approving the paving project, the council:

created a street improvement district, ordered construction of street improvements and publication of the ordinance.

passed a resolution setting April 3, at 7 p.m., as the date for a public hearing where any objections to the paving project will be heard.

approved a resolution of necessity for sewer work to be completed on Lake Avenue.

set a bid date for infrastructure improvements on March 29, at 2 p.m., at city hall.

Mason said he’d like to set a completion date of Sept. 15 to get the best price possible for the project.

In other business, the council:

gave permission for the blocking off of 15th Street and Avenue F, where they adjoin Ehmen Park, for a car show from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 30.

decided to use $3,115 in returned revenue from the Public Alliance for Community Energy to help pay for an informational kiosk in the city cemetery.

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