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Star Prairie Board approves final payment for Main Street reconstruction

At the Wednesday, Oct. 3, Star Prairie Village Board meeting, trustees approved the final payment of $29,275.36 payable to Monarch Paving for completion of the Main Street North reconstruction project.

The project benefited from cooperation with St. Croix County crews for the reclamation of the old asphalt and $16,398.75 worth of funds secured through the Local road Improvement Program (LRIP) in 2015 for reconstructive work originally scheduled for Utgaard Street.

The project initially estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $90,000 was reconfigured by Stevens Engineer Angela Popenhagen. The savings are the result of maintaining the existing width of the roadway and eliminating curb and gutter, storm sewer catch basins and pipe and reclaiming the asphalt.

Other business

• Life Scout Sam LaPean met with members of the Park Board to discuss his proposed Eagle Scout project for Saratoga Park. LaPean proposed to repair the wood fence at the park's entrance along with adding a bench and trail signs at an estimated cost of $1,200. LaPean was encouraged to attend the Oct. 15 meeting of Star Prairie Fish and Game to explore the potential for a grant to cover some or all of the project costs.

• Trustees renewed the Village Health Care Insurance Plan with Medica. Premiums for the plan will increase from $464 per month to $482 per month beginning Dec. 1, 2018.

• Following several months of futility, the village's emergency warning siren is once again working properly.

• Trustees designated President Chad Peterson to work with Village Maintenance Operator Nate Licht to explore potential route options for the ATV/UTV trail and relay that information to the county for consideration.

• Residents are reminded to vote in the Nov. 6, 2018 midterm election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.