New Auburn’s City Council will hold a hearing on the proposed assessment for the 2009 street improvement project Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in the New Auburn City Hall.
The street improvement project includes improvements on the following streets:
• Fourth Avenue from Second street to Third Street
• Fifth Avenue, from Second Street to Third Street
• Sixth Avenue, from Second Street to Seventh Street
• Seventh Avenue, from Trunk Highway 22 to approximately 100 feet south of Eighth Street
• Eighth Avenue, from Sixth Street to mid-block between Seventh Street and Eighth Street
• Intersection of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street
• Ninth Avenue, from First Street to Fifth Street
• Tenth Avenue, from Fourth Street to Fifth Street
• Second Street, from mid block between First Avenue and Second Avenue to Tenth Avenue
• Third Street, from Third Avenue to Tenth Avenue
• Fourth Street, from Sixth Avenue to Tenth Avenue
• Fifth Street, from Third Avenue to Tenth Avenue
• Sixth Street, from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue
• Seventh Street, from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue
The construction plans include seal coat, mill and overlay, reclaiming, complete reconstruction, bituminous paving of existing gravel surface streets, and installation of street drain tile.
Bids for the street project were opened May 28. The apparent low bidder was Wm. Mueller & Sons, Inc. of Hamburg. The apparent low base bid, which consists of construction work on existing blacktop streets, was $569,442.78. The apparent low alternate bid, which would involve surfacing previously identified gravel streets in the community, was $504,368.70.
The City Council will not award the project until the assessment hearing is held. If the Council would choose to accept the base bid and alternate bid, it would cost $1,073,811.48, which is $288,400.52, or 21% below the engineer’s estimate of $1,362,012.
If the City proceeds with the project, the City is proposing to allow the assessments to be paid in equal annual installments over 20 years. There would be a 6% interest rate.
If the project proceeds, it is anticipated that the street work would begin in July. Completion is required in mid November.