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Old Village Phase 3 Street, Drainage and Utility Improvements

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 – 
NOVEMBER 20, 2017: The City Council directed staff to enter into a contract with Douglas-Kerr Underground, LLC for the construction of the Old Village Phase 3 Street, Drainage, and Improvements.

Laverne Avenue (39th Street to County Road 14): Work has concluded for the season. The final lift of pavement will be installed in summer 2018.

31st Street Neighborhood: Construction activities anticipated the week of November 20, 2017 include:

  • Boulevard grading.
  • Sanitary sewer testing and punchlist items.
  • The final lift of pavement and sod will be installed early summer 2018. Notice of this work will be sent out once a schedule is established.

    PROJECT FUNDING: The improvements will be paid for by using a combination of funding sources including the water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer enterprise funds, fund reserves, bond funds, special assessments, and the general tax levy.

Assessment details are as follows, subject to approval of the City Council:

  • Street, drainage, and sidewalk 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 two years 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.


PRELIMINARY PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS AND COST IMPACTS
: Preliminary assessments have been established in the feasibility report which has been adopted by Council. The preliminary assessment rolls are available at the link at the bottom of the page and details each impacted property. These amounts are not final and are subject to change based on Council direction after the Public Hearing is closed. Please see the Feasibility report dated November 2016 for additional information on assessments.

  • 31st Street Neighborhood: Street and Drainage improvements assessment.
    • Residential property assessment is $8,700.
    • Assessments are payable over 15 years at an interest rate of 1% over what the City bonds for.
  • Laverne Area: Street, Drainage, and Sidewalk improvements assessment.
    • Commercial property assessment is $205 per lineal front foot. See assessment schedule.
    • Assessments are payable over 15 years at an interest rate of 1% over what the City bonds for.
  • Sanitary sewer improvement assessment: This assessment will be a unit assessment amount of $11,300 per REC unit.
    • Residential property assessment is $11,300.
    • Commercial property assessment is $11,300 per REC unit. See assessment schedule.
    • Assessments are payable over 20 years at an interest rate of 1% over what the City bonds for.
  • 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.
    • Sanitary Sewer Connection Fee – $1,000 per REC unit.
    • Sanitary Sewer Permit Application Fee – $65 per connection paid up front with permit.
    • Met Council Sewer Availability Charge – $2,485 per REC unit (2016 fee).
    • 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.
    • Incentive program and financing options made available by the City are detailed on the website (http://www.lakeelmo.org/wastewater-incentive-financing-tools-approved-city-council.html)
    • 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 approximately $26,500. For this cost the property receives City sewer, including City and Met Council connection costs, a new watermain (not assessed), and a new street with drainage improvements. The only additional cost is for each property to retain a contractor to connect your private sewer service to your home.


ATTACHMENTS

  • Click here for a project location map
  • Click here to view the 31st Street Neighborhood Preliminary Assessment Rolls
  • Click here to view the Laverne Avenue Area Option 1 Preliminary Assessment Rolls
  • Click here to view the Laverne Avenue Area Option 2 Preliminary Assessment Rolls
  • Click here to view the Project Presentation to Council
  • Click here for a copy of the project Feasibility Report