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Downtown Street & Utility Project

DOWNTOWN STREET, DRAINAGE AND UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS –
PHASE 1 AND PHASE 2

 

PROJECT CONTACTS: If you have any questions or concerns about Old Village infrastructure improvements please contact the City of Lake Elmo Engineering staff.

 CONSTRUCTION UPDATES: The Phase 1, 2015 Improvements have been substantially completed. The Contractor, North Pine Aggregate, has resumed work this spring and will be completed by the end of June. A-1 Excavating has been hired as the General Contractor to complete the Phase 2, 2016 Improvements. The construction work will begin on 30th Street with construction work being substantially completed in 2016, with landscaping and restoration occurring in the spring of 2017.

For weekly construction updates, please refer to the County’s website by clicking here: http://mn-washingtoncounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=2127

 SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENTS: The City of Lake Elmo is extending sanitary sewer to serve the existing properties in the Old Village area to replace the use of private on-site sewage treatment systems. The project also includes regional drainage improvements to begin addressing historic flooding issues in the Downtown area. As part of the project the City will be replacing the aged watermain pipes and reconstructing the public streets that are disturbed during the work. The Improvements will be constructed in phases and through separate projects with the initial project being substantially constructed in 2015 and the Phase 2 project being substantially completed in 2016. The following summarizes the current work plan (please click here to reference the project phasing map):

  • 2015 IMPROVEMENTS [SHOWN IN BLUE]: The Phase 1 Improvements includes sanitary sewer, watermain, street and storm sewer improvements along Laverne Avenue from TH5 to Upper 33rd Street, 36th Street from Lake Elmo Avenue to Laverne Avenue, and Upper 33rd Street from Lake Elmo Avenue east to the new Village East Trunk Sewer. The Phase 1 project also includes a Regional Stormwater Infiltration Basin at the north end of Reid Park.
  • 2016 IMPROVEMENTS [SHOWN IN RED]: The Phase 2 Improvements includes sanitary sewer, watermain, street and storm sewer improvements along 30th Street from the Reid Park Lift Station to Lake Elmo Avenue, and Lake Elmo Avenue (CSAH 17) from 30th Street to CSAH 14. The improvements also include the partial reconstruction along 34th Street, 35th Street and 36th Street. The improvements will be completed as approved by the City Council on April 21, 2015 and will include on-street parking, trails, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lights.
  • 2017-2019 IMPROVEMENTS [SHOWN IN GREEN]: The City will complete various projects to extend sanitary sewer laterals along local street corridors from the main line located in Lake Elmo Avenue and Laverne Avenue. No specific schedule or priority has been determined at this time. The City will likely prioritize these projects based on property owner request and need.  The improvements will also include the replacement of existing watermain lines and the reconstruction of streets disturbed during the work.

PROJECT FUNDING: As the lead project agency, Washington County will make all contractor and vender payments for the project design, construction and oversight. The City of Lake Elmo will reimburse the County for the City’s cost share of the project. City payments will be made using a combination of funding sources including Municipal State Aid funds, the water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer enterprise funds, fund reserves, bond funds, special assessments, and the general tax levy.

Additional project funding and assessment details are as follows, subject to final approval of the City Council:

  • Street, drainage, sidewalk, trail and street/landscaping improvements will be assessed to the benefitting properties in accordance with the City Special Assessment Policy or as determined by the City Council. Residential properties are typically assessed 30% of total costs on a per unit basis. Commercial and Public Facility property is typically assessed 100% of total costs on an adjusted front foot basis.
  • Sanitary sewer improvements will be assessed 100% to the benefitting properties on a residential equivalent unit method (REC). Properties receiving a service stub will be required to connect to the system one year after sewer becomes available for connection.
  • Watermain improvements will not be assessed to existing water system customers. Watermain replacement costs will be funded through the water enterprise fund.
  • Regional drainage improvements for flood mitigation efforts in the Old Village area will not be assessed.

PRELIMINARY PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS AND COST IMPACTS: Preliminary assessments have been established by Council approval for both the Phase 1, 2015 and Phase 2, 2016 Improvements. The Links below provide the preliminary assessment rolls which identify the specific preliminary assessment amounts for each impacted property. These amounts are not final. They may be lowered by the Council at the final assessment hearing, however they cannot be increased. The assessment amounts may be lowered as more project details are determined and actual construction costs are finalized. Please see the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Feasibility Reports for additional information on assessments and please see the links below for preliminary assessment rolls for each impacted property.

  • City Streets: Street, drainage, sidewalk, trail and street/landscape improvement assessment (Laverne Avenue, 36th Street, Upper 33rd Street).
    • Residential property assessment is $9,200.
    • Commercial property assessment is $255 per lineal front foot. See assessment schedule.
    • Assessments are payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
  • City Streets: Street, drainage, sidewalk, trail and landscape improvement assessment (35th Street).
    • Residential property assessment is $9,200.
    • Assessments are payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
  • City Streets: Street, drainage, sidewalk, trail and landscape improvement assessment (30th Street).
    • Residential property assessment is $9,300.
    • Assessments are payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
    • Assessments are payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
  • County Streets: Street, drainage, sidewalk, trail and landscape improvement assessment (Lake Elmo Avenue from 30th Street to CSAH 14).
    • Residential property assessment is $4,200.
    • Commercial property assessment is $114 per lineal front foot. See assessment schedule.
    • Assessments are payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
  • Sanitary sewer improvement assessment: This assessment will be a unit assessment amount of $13,000 for each residential property.
    • Residential property assessment is $13,000.
    • Commercial property assessment is $13,000 per REC unit. See assessment schedule.
    • Assessments are payable over 20 years at an interest rate of 5.5%.
  • Additional sanitary sewer connection fees: Connection to the sanitary sewer will be required within 2 years of the City project.
    • Sanitary Sewer Availability Charge – $3,000 per REC unit payable over 20 years.
    • Sanitary Sewer Connection Fee – $1,000 per REC unit paid up front with permit.
    • Sanitary Sewer Permit Application Fee – $65 per connection paid up front with permit.
    • Met Council Sewer Availability Charge – $2,485 per REC unit (2015 fee) paid up front with permit.
    • Cost to run your private line from the property line to your home. This is a property by property specific charge. A typical cost for this connection for a residential property is $5,000.
    • The City Assessment Policy includes Hardship deferral provisions for qualifying property owners.

Adding it all up, the typical residential property can expect an “all in” cost of $23,750 to $28,850. For this cost the property receives City sewer, including City and Met Council connection costs, a new watermain (not assessed), an improved Village drainage system, and a new street. The only additional cost is for each property to retain a contractor to connect your private sewer service to your home.

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