Design plans for bridge being made

By Jeff Smith

The wood bridge on Major Lake Dr. that needs to be replaced. Brosz Engineering is going to be creating design plans to put a new structure there in the future.

The city council approved the structure design agreement and utility design agreement that was sent by Brosz Engineering at the Feb. 26 meeting.

Brosz Engineering will be getting into more of the design work for the bridge on Major Lake Road.

Brett McMacken, city administrator, said it has essentially served its life cycle.

The wood decking on the bridge needs replaced now. It’s replaced every three or four years. But the bigger issue is the concrete underneath it that is in bad shape. Concrete chunks are coming out but it’s not going to fail anytime soon.

Brosz is going to design the structure of the bridge and the utility items that go with the construction of the bridge.

The company will look at how their plans will affect the existing structure and begin the process of seeing what everything will look like when it is finished.

“They need to go out and put their engineering conceptual ideas to paper and draw up something. That is what we’re going to get at the end of the day for this,” McMacken said.

Construction for the project is slated for 2019. The cost of the design of the structure is around $56,000. The utility design cost is around $22,000.

There is a sewer line that runs underneath the bridge.

“We need to re-engineer and potentially move that sewer line,” McMacken said.

It might work if it is under the bridge but McMacken is not sure if it will work with the elevation change.

The city’s preference is to have a precast concrete culvert so that they don’t have long-term inspection and rehabilitation questions.

Most everybody involved is on board with the culvert option. McMacken said the state is still asking questions about it.

The biggest component with the bridge is that it is at the intersection of the spillway off of Major Lake.

Alderman Jim Peterson brought forward some information that the planning and zoning (P & Z) commission wanted the city council to know about. The P & Z commission is contemplating looking at a garbage ordinance that would essentially make everyone have the same garbage company in town.

Peterson told the city council that if they have concerns of the P & Z commission looking into the change of trash collection to bring it up because ultimately the city council will have the vote on the change.

One of the concerns of trash collection is about the number of trucks on the street and if there is a problem there. Recycling might become available under the plan for garbage collection.

Dale Householder, chairman of the planning and zoning commission, said it will be worth investigating and there are a lot of cities that have one garbage collection company.

John Johnson, city council president, thought government shouldn’t regulate where people can put garbage.

Peterson was on the fence about researching the problem more.

“I’m not sure because I’ve been down the path on the cost saving thing,” Peterson said.

There was also discussion about the section line next to 648 Main St. A section line is a grid line placed on a property to be an access point for utility lines or vehicular travel.

If it is vacated there are lots of different uses for it.

John Henderson, who owns 20 acres to the south of the property, said that if it were to be closed they wouldn’t have access to their property. 

The city council had the same feelings of the planning and zoning commission about how there is no way to tell the future and if the section line being vacated would cause problems.

Peterson made the motion to not vacate the section line. The city council members approved the motion, denying the request to vacate the section line.

McMacken said as far as the downtown sidewalk renovation project goes, all of the electrical and engineering plans have been sent to the state. The next step is to get the project approved so that it can go out to bid. Bids will then be opened and a contractor will be selected.

McMacken said there is no reason the sidewalk project can’t break ground this fall.

He said the project has been through discussion and design plans for at least four years.

Anytime there is review by the state the project completion date stretches out. The most recent item they have looked at is possible historical buildings on Main St. to make sure they aren’t disturbing anything.