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Star Prairie Village Board mulls County Road M improvement

Engineer Angela Popenhagen of Stevens Engineering presented drawings and documents detailing the proposed improvements to County Road M from the end of the bridge construction project to Highway 65 at the Jan. 15 Star Prairie Village Board meeting.

Improvements include widening the road from 24 to 35 feet to match the width of the new bridge and adding a 6-foot sidewalk on both sides.

Two options are being considered to address stormwater issues: creation of a runoff pond adjacent to the road in River Park or tying into an existing pipe that feeds directly into the river.

Head of Maintenance Brody Larson said the second option using the existing pipe would require the DNR’s approval and may involve the addition of a barrier before the water empties into the river.

Popenhagen said worst case scenario the project could cost $101,320. The village would be responsible for $77,628, St. Croix County $8,624 and the balance $15,068 would be paid for by property assessments.

“From a schedule standpoint, if we want to combine it with the County Road M bridge project this summer, by the February meeting the board could authorize to move forward and then whether it is done at a village board meeting in February or March, we really need to sit down with the adjacent residents and business owners and get them involved in the process as well,” Poppenhagen said.

After discussion pertaining to the legal use of village streets and county highways en route to designated ATV and UTV routes, the board approved a proposed amendment to an ordinance allowing All-Terrain Vehicles to travel on village streets contingent upon minor changes negotiated between attorney Tim Scott and members of the board. A copy of the revised ordinance can be obtained from the clerk’s office during regular business hours.

Other Business: — The board approved the 2014 Sewer Utility Budget of $722,255.

— The board approved the recommendation by the Park Committee to build a new announcer’s stand at the ballpark using a $15,000 donation by a member of the Lions Club with the caveats: 1) that it include a service window to allow for the sale of beer at Ox Cart Days and 2) that it be completed in time for Ox Cart Days 2014.

— The board approved additions crafted by attorney Scott to an ordinance regarding limits on access to municipal utility records aligning the village ordinance with state statutes.

— The board approved a new one-year independent contractor agreement for building inspection services with the Brian Wert Inspection Agency, Inc.

— The board approved a proposal by LeRoy Koehler Drywall and Painting for $2,959 to repair damage to sections of the ceiling and walls at the Star Prairie Community Center.

— The board tabled discussion of an amendment to the Village of Star Prairie Bond schedule to raise fees for traffic and other violations.

— The board approved a request to plant a tree and place a bench in River Park in memory of Willard Johnson.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Star Prairie Village Board will take place Monday Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Community Center.