Delano City Council tackles storm water issues

DELANO, MN – Delano will spend about $65,745 to address storm water issues on three streets, and an additional $1,600 to address drainage issues in the back yard of 1402 Woods Creek Drive and neighboring properties.

Machtemes Construction, of Waconia, submitted the low bid of about $65,745 to address Woods Creek Drive, 808 Maple Wood Dr., and Shady Oak Circle. The projects had been prioritized, with the Maple Wood Drive and Shady Oak Circle projects bid as alternates, and the council opted to approve all three, with funding coming from the storm water fund.

Councilman Jason Franzen asked about the city’s history with Machtemes.

“They’ve done road work and utility work for us in the past,” City Administrator Phil Kern said. “We’ve had good experiences with them.”

Councilman Jon Sutherland asked if there was flexibility in the bid for more work to be completed if needed.

“If there’s something in the field we see, we can take advantage of the situation,” Assistant City Engineer Shawn Louwagie said. “We always build in a little cushion in these numbers. If we’re given an opportunity to improve something, we generally look at it.”

Kern said residents in the affected areas will be notified before the projects begin.

“I suspect they will be happy something is being done,” Kern said.

About five residents attended the meeting regarding the Woods Creek Drive backyard drainage issue.

After two options were explained, they voiced their support for the more extensive option.

That option will re-establish a swale and install a storm sewer through the nearby park with a structure placed at the low point to pick up the surface drainage.

Public works staff will complete the project.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• set the preliminary levy at 6.65 percent, which can be reduced before it is finalized Tuesday, Dec. 5, following a public hearing. The five-year forecast had called for a 7.6 percent levy increase, and the council had discussed a 7.9 percent levy increase in August. The difference is due to the city using a 98 percent tax collection rate in its calculations, which is more than the 96.5 percent collection rate that was planned to be used, but still less than the 99 percent collection rate that has been common for the city in recent years. City Finance Director Brian Bloch estimates that taxes will increase $30 or $40 for a $275,000 home, compared to his estimate of $110, had the 7.9 percent levy increase been approved. Council will discuss the budget further Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Nov. 28.

• authorized the installation of LED pedestrian-activated crossing signs at the intersection of First Street/Meadowlark Drive and Wright County Road 30. Delano will split the $12,000 expense with Wright County, and county crews will install the signs.

• approved a reduction in escrow for Wright Neighborhoods Fourth Addition in the amount of $93,000, leaving a balance of $83,000.

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