City Council moves forward with streets and infrastructures plans and projects

The Springfield City Council, during their February 20 meeting, discussed with City Engineer Andy Kehren the proposed Street and Utilities Improvement Projects for the 2018 construction season.

While a project for improvements on Central Street was top of the list last fall, the city made application for funding support as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Local Road Improvement Program.  When making application for the grant last October, the Council decided that if the grant application was unsuccessful, the City would proceed with the East Sanborn Street project from Washington Avenue to Marshall Avenue, and Marshall Avenue to just north of the NAPA store.  East Sanborn Street is in very poor condition, and addressing the underground water and sewer infrastructure on East Sanborn has been a high priority for the Public Utilities Commission for a number of years. The Council believes it is prudent to be continually maintaining infrastructure improvements to keep from falling behind.

The Council approved the plans and specifications for the project, and authorized bidding with tentative bid opening in April.  The estimated cost of the 2018 project is $1.585 million. 


The City Council approved plans for resurfacing work to be done on County Highways 4 and 5 during summer.  Brown County is planning to resurface County Road 4 from Central Street to Highway 14, and County Road 5 from the bridge over the Big Cottonwood river to Highway 14.  Brown County Highway Engineer Wayne Stevens discussed the project with the Council the evening of February 20. The roads would be milled two inches and then resurfaced with work expected to start July 9 and be completed within 30 days. The county will use state aid highway funds; there is no city cost on either of the two projects.  


The Council also reviewed a plan for a new Recreation Complex Concession Stand / Restroom project in Riverside Park, and gave its approval to have MLA Architects draft the final plans and specifications and solicit bids for the project shared by the City of Springfield and the Springfield School District by joint powers agreement.  The hope is to bid the project in the spring with construction completed by the end of the season.  The baseball association and other individuals have been actively soliciting funds with success. The total project cost is estimated to be around $350,000.  The goal is to raise $75,000 through a community fund drive that has already started.  The action taken by the Council last week does not cast the plan in concrete at this time, but bidding is expected to provide a realistic figure of project cost and what still needs to be done before final approval by both City Council and School Board.


Airport Commissioner John Ryan presented to the Council a plan to bring back the fly-in pancake breakfast that was popular at the Springfield Municipal Airport a number of years ago.  The event set for August 5 is intended to provide people an opportunity to see what the local airport has to offer, and promote the many benefits and strategic value of the community airport. Plans are to invite classic cars enthusiasts and motorcyclists to drive in as well as pilots to fly in, Ryan said, and several community organizations will collaborate in sponsoring the event.  The Council gave its blessing to use the airport facilities to hold the breakfast. 


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