Warner says Grand Avenue reconstruction project progressing well
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Engineer Jim Warner of Warner Engineering, the engineering firm for the Grand Avenue reconstruction project, told the Mt. Pleasant City Council during its April 24 meeting that the project was going well despite the recent soggy weather.
“Grand Avenue is going exceptionally well despite the weather,” Warner explained. “They started cutting the grade between Baker and Mapleleaf and hope to start paving soon. It is going very well.”
This week, DeLong Construction, the general contractor for the project, will be grading, placing the subdrain, engineering fabric and granular sub-base between Baker Street and Mapleleaf Drive.
The DeLong piping crew will be crossing the frontage road just south of Baker Street north of the Pizza Hut driveway and at the south end of the frontage road just north of Mapleleaf Drive. Flaggers will be used to aid traffic in traveling to businesses during the construction process.
Storm sewer will be laid along the north side of Mapleleaf Drive crossing the Orscheln driveway later this week. Traffic can access Orscheln by using the frontage road while the piping crew is crossing the Orscheln driveway.
First pavement pour on the project is set for next week. This week Mike Nelson Concrete will be setting string line and trimming for paving of the west side of Grand Avenue from Baker Street south to Mapleleaf Drive.
During all of the activity, the Mapleleaf Drive, Baker Street and Winfield Avenue intersections will remain open as well as the frontage road on the east side of Grand Avenue from Mapleleaf Drive to Winfield Avenue. However, there may be brief interruptions, due to the construction, for traffic on the frontage road.
The council adopted ordinances reflecting price increases in the sanitary sewer flow fee and solid waste base fee.
The monthly sanitary sewer flow fee rate will increase from the current $4.20 per 1,000 gallons of water used to $4.30. The average household uses about 3,000 gallons of water monthly.
Reason for the rate increase, city officials say, is due to a mandate from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the city to eliminate storm water flow from the sanitary. The city has commissioned a three-year study and has reconstructed 1,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines and old brick manholes that have cost to date over $2,000,000. The increase, effective July 1, will help fund the improvements.
Mt. Pleasant residents, businesses and industries will be paying an additional quarter monthly for the monthly solid waste base fee. The fee is $2.25 now and goes to $2.50 in July. The recycling/hazardous waste and Des Moines County Regional Solid Waste Commission administration fee will increase from $3.15 a month per residential dwelling to $3.25 per month.
Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.