Estimated assessment totals $2,150 per residential property
The 2013 edition of Fridley’s annual street project totals 3.9 miles in length and is estimated to cost a total of $1,025,000.
Areas in the street project include neighborhoods of Meadowmoor Terrace, Flanery Park and Jackson Street in Melody Manor, generally in the northeast area of the city. The streets were constructed between 1965 and 1974 except for two cul-de-sacs constructed in 1978. All streets received seal coat maintenance in 2006.
Work will include new pavement, drainage improvements and curb replacement. Utility work will include hydrant replacement and some utility sewer repairs. City staff said they expect CenterPoint Energy to upgrade gas mains and services in the project area.
Construction would run mid-May to mid-September, with the project divided into three or four phases, each phase lasting two or three weeks.
The project will be funded through special assessments to property owners ($727,000), MSAS funding ($218,000) and utility funds. According to staff documents, 334 properties are subject to residential assessment and one property is subject to a commercial assessment.
City staff’s estimate for a residential property’s assessment is $2,150, which is higher than in years past. Property owners can pay the total within 30 days of the later assessment hearing. If paid over 10 years, instead, by adding it to property taxes, with an estimated interest rate of 5.5 percent, the total would grow to $2,799 at the end of the 10 years. Eligible seniors can defer the assessment, which would be collected later when the property is sold.
Discussion of this project was tabled from the Dec. 10 meeting to the Jan. 7 Fridley City Council meeting, which is when the city newsletter said the public hearing would be held. No residents attended to discuss the project, but one resident on Jackson Street wrote a letter to the city to question her property’s assessment.
She was contacted by city staff but hadn’t followed up with staff by the Jan. 7 meeting.
The public hearing was closed Jan. 7, and the Fridley City Council unanimously approved the ordering of final project preparations and call for contractors’ bids for the project.
For more information on the street project, contact the Public Works Department at 763-572-3566.
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