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Clear Lake City Council approves Main Avenue reconstruction

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Downtown Clear Lake is scheduled to receive more renovations in the coming months.

On Monday night, Clear Lake City Council unanimously approved the professional services agreement to bring major renovations to an alleyway off of Main Ave.

The entrance to the alleyway is on Main Avenue between North Fourth Street and North Fifth Street, behind what used to be Thrifty White and is about to be the home to three new Clear Lake businesses. The alleyway runs parallel to North Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Main Ave. Alley

The layout of the Main Ave. alley. 

The three businesses that will occupy that building on the corner of Main Avenue and North Fourth Street are Charlie’s Soda Fountain, White Barn Picket Fence and Nash & Ivy.

The estimated cost of the reconstruction is $99,000, with plans of replacing the utilities, renovating the drainage, and repaving the alleyway. There are also plans to try and add a few additional parking spaces.  

Due to the extensive electrical work that needs to be done in the alleyway, Alliant Energy has agreed to reimburse the City of Clear Lake approximately $20,000 towards the cost of repaving the alleyway.

“It’ll be a real nice cleanup for the alley,” Clear Lake City Administrator Scott Flory said. “It’ll dramatically improve the aesthetics of that portion of the community downtown."

The professional services agreement was presented by Jason Petersburg of Veenstra & Kimm Inc.; the cost of the agreement is not to exceed $16,250.

The city council hopes to have a contract for the reconstruction project accepted by the beginning of September, with construction planned to begin on Sept. 13. The project is scheduled for completion two months after, on Nov. 12.

Zachary Dupont covers politics and business development for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at 641-421-0533 or zachary.dupont@globegazette.com. Follow Zachary on Twitter at @ZachNDupont

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