A dozen concerned citizens attended a question/answer session with officials from Banner Associates and Halme Construction on Mon., May 9 at the Community Room. Many yards on the north side of town find themselves with new lawn decorations as crews get ready to begin Phase I of the $15,000,000 water/sewer project.
Crews were able to begin earlier than the projected date of June 1. Fremont Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets will be the first to see major action before the project moves to Park Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. Work on Spring Avenue will wait until Phase 2A in 2023 to better facilitate access to people’s properties. Color-coded maps of the phases and timeline are available in the lobby of City Hall.
In an effort to keep people informed of road closures and water shut-offs, the city has introduced a mass messaging system. Residents are encouraged to get a form in the foyer at City Hall to sign up to receive mass messages. Door hangers will also be used to give people 24-hour notice prior to road closures and water shut-offs.
Road surfaces will be returned to their previous condition at the end of the project. Paved roads will be paved, and gravel roads will remain gravel. Curb and gutter will be installed in those places that have curb and gutter at the start of the projects. Residents will be able to have curb and gutter added in front of their homes by contacting Halme Construction. City Finance Officer Brenda Klug will have the contact information. (605) 847-4140
In addition to curb and gutter, residents who would like to update the plumbing between their homes and the curb stop are encouraged to reach out to Halme Construction. The city has reached out to area communities that have undertaken recent water and sewer projects to explore financing options for homeowners.
Temporary mailboxes will be installed so residents will continue to have access to their mail. It is expected that several mailboxes will be clustered together in areas where the mail delivery driver has access.
Phase IA is slated for completion in November 2022. It is going to take a lot of crew hours to get work completed on time. Job opportunities are available in our area.
Be sure to check out the City’s Facebook page and get signed up for the mass messages to stay up to date on the progress around town.
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