Council accepts report for work on Lexington Avenue

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

At its Monday meeting, the New Prague City Council unanimously accepted a feasibility report for additional work on Lexington Avenue N.

The added work for the street is north of Scott County State Aid Highway 37 (Seventh Street NE) and will cover about 40 feet of Lexington Avenue to just past Bruzek Lane. Work began last week on reconstructing Lexington from Second Street to Seventh Street NE. The new area was added due to recent deterioration of that portion of the street.

Doug Parrott of Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.), Inc., the engineering firm in charge of the project, told the council that a neighborhood meeting was held April 25 with a good turnout. Some residents informed them of drainage problems near the curb and gutter. S.E.H. found more work is needed on the curb and gutter, which will require reshaping some of the driveways.

Consequently, the project will cost more than originally estimated. It is now estimated at $210,795.

The cost increase will affect the estimated assessment rates for residents. The figure presented at the neighborhood meeting was about $2,567. The added work will increase that to $4,975 per unit.

Parrott said because the street is being reconstructed earlier than planned, an assessment policy similar to one the city used in the Rolling Hills subdivision is being used. With the street being redone earlier than expected, residents are receiving a credit for the cost of the original street construction, which helps lower the amount they would be assessed. The remainder of the cost will be split with adjacent property owners, 60 percent of it being assessed and 40 percent paid by the city.

The city is also covering the expense of the storm sewer project.

The council asked staff to make certain residents in the area were notified of the increase in the assessments before the public hearing on the project, scheduled for Monday, June 4.

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