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Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Now snow-covered, the decorative bricks of the intersection of Plymouth Street and Central Avenue in downtown Le Mars make for a rougher road. The Le Mars City Council is urging city staff to tackle the issue.
"An embarrassment and a mockery."

That's how Councilman Ken Nelson describes his feelings on the present Plymouth Street and Central Avenue intersection in downtown Le Mars.

Nelson's comment came during the council's Tuesday discussion on a list of possible "Top 12 Priorities Capital Projects For 2008" shared with the council by City Administrator Scott Langel.

Observing the intersection's omission from the list, Nelson along with other council members, indicated interest in seeing the intersection getting what he feels a needed improvement. Langel, emphasizing that the project is a somewhat complex one requiring detouring traffic and obtaining Department of Transportation assistance for the project.

Cost, as well as funding sources for the project must, he said, also be taken into consideration before the project is started. He added, however, that three possible options do exist: road use tax, local option tax monies, and property tax, and said he will study the possibility of adding the projects to the city's must-get-done list.

Currently listed as Langel's Top 12 Priorities to be evaluated by council members prior to their initial Jan. 29 budget workshop are: completion of the north end of the city's recreational trail, final agreement with the UP Railroad and construction of the 24th Street Southwest railroad grade crossing, design and bidding of three Department of Transportation street projects along county road K-49, Highway 75 and Highway 3, and the design and bidding of the 6th Avenue enhancement project -- sidewalks near the school.

Others include completion of Highway 75 bypass signage and entrance recognition, building renovation of Fire Station #1 and station relocation, required water main extensions, installation of city property sidewalks, completion of 3rd Avenue Southwest/railroad reconfiguration, continuation of prioritized drainage improvement, design, renovation, and expansion of the Le Mars Police Station, and final design development for Le Mars Public Works facility expansion.

Langel told council members he welcomes their input into finalizing the projects for 2008 adding that possible funding sources for specific projects will be made available to members in the near future.

Viewing other current pending city projects Langel also said Tuesday that he is projecting a Mar. 1 completion date for replacement of city bridges on the recreation trail and the golf course. Once piling and abutment work is completed, Langel said, a crane will be brought in to move the bridges to their respective sites.


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How many city employees do we have with engineering degrees and none of them knew what would happen if you drive 10+ ton vehicles over 4" pavers? Why are the taxpayers paying for this mistake, shouldn't the engineers who ran the specs and approved the project be held responsible?

-- Posted by hawkfan on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 4:06 PM

Absolutely ridiculous. Who thought the little tiny bricks would make a good addition to one of the busiest intersections in town.That road is fine by me and would be a waste of our money to put it back the way it was.

I think who evers brilliant idea it was to change it this last time should be the one to pay for it to get back to normal.

-- Posted by Amanda83 on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 1:12 PM

Wow. They just redid it - what was that for? Beautification? What a waste of my dollars. Do something!

-- Posted by TuesdaysGone on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 3:22 PM


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