OSAGE | The Osage City Council passed a preliminary resolution for the construction of streets, storm sewers and sidewalks, for 28 blocks of proposed new paving scheduled to take place during the summer and fall of 2018.

Mike Danburg of S.E.H. Engineering, provided council members with the details on the new street project. Included in the paving project is one block on Walnut Street located between Second and Third streets, one block on Oak Street located between Fifth and sixth Streets, and one block on Vine Street from Second Street to Third Street. Longer runs of proposed paving are on 13th Street from Chase to Poplar streets, and on Second Street from south State to Vine streets.

Danburg stated the preliminary assessed cost for homeowners along these 34-foot wide streets is estimated to be $65.50 per foot.

Both Lyndale Avenue and Cedar Street from Seventh Street to First streets are also slated to be paved, but since property owners now park in their own drives these streets will only be 27-feet wide, with an estimated cost of $52 per foot.

Danburg told council members because of deferred agricultural land, intersections and other costs, the city will pay about 60 percent of the cost, while property owners will be paying 40 percent of the estimated $2.3 million project.

“Nobody likes these assessments, but there is enough building in that part of town, so when we put seal coat on Lyndale, it’s right back to where we started in a month’s time,” Osage Mayor Steve Cooper said. “Our goal is to have all our streets paved, so someone has to step up and do it.”

The passing of the proposal now allows the city to contact property owners along the proposed streets. A public hearing, on the project, was set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 5, in the lobby of the Cedar River Complex, where any of the 170 property owners can address their concerns about the project.

Treatment plant

Cooper was authorized by the Council to terminate the City’s contract with Mitchell County for operation of the waste water treatment plant.

“We will no longer have operational control of the plant,” said city employee Kurt Angell, who formerly operated the plant, “but we will still be monitoring their waste water.”

“There will be a treatment agreement between Valent and the city for what they discharge," Cooper said.

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