Alley project runs into surprises


CRESCO - According to Public Works Director Rod Freidhof, the alley project has run into some interesting issues, which will cost more than expected for the project.
“We ran into a well that needed to be capped, the need for a new sanitary sewer manhole and some old steam pipe,” he said. But other than those problems, everything is going well. 
There are still some issues regarding the pond in Malek Addition. A solution has been found, and it will be fixed in the near future. The center of the pond is higher than it should be, which forces water to run around the outside during heavy rains, rather than in the middle.
• Council discussed posting agendas and minutes on the City’s website for all the boards and commissions under its umbrella. City Clerk Michelle Girolamo will work on a template so all the minutes are consistent.
• Council approved a street closure on the half-block area of North Elm from 1st Ave. to the next alley north. The area will be used as a beer garden for CUSB Bank’s 130th celebration on June 2.
• A Class C Liquor License was approved for M&M Lounge. A Class C with Outdoor Service was approved for The Pub; and Class E Liquor, Class B Wine and Class B Beer permits were approved for Fareway.
• Bids were let on the 2nd St. East reconstruction, from 3rd-6th Ave. East, and are due back by June 4.
Daren Sikkink of WHKS explained the project to council, saying some trees have been marked with an “X” for removal. In addition, water mains and storm sewer are to be repaired just in the intersections. Only one manhole for sanitary sewer will be replaced.
Some major work will include pedestrian ramps on the sidewalk. Some of the walks crossing alleys and driveways will need to be lowered so cars don’t bottom out.
• The house at 123 3rd Ave. West  was torn down this spring, with the property to be used by Cresco Community Fire Department for a storage building. Members of the department want it heated and ventilated, with restrooms. The department would like to see the pre-engineered building up by winter, but Sikkink felt that was an aggressive schedule.
• Two Chicks in a Barn co-owner Nancy Henry was having difficulty using the back door of the business because of cars parking over the line into the alley. She asked neighbors to park between the lines, and she was ignored. She asked council if they could mark off two spaces for no parking, which should allow her access to her lot. Council agreed.
• Council approved payment to purchase and pay back rent on a pump for well #3.
• Library Director Cynthia Kay asked about water leaking in the basement and why the water bill has risen over the past few months. She was given some suggestions and will see if they work.
The next City Council will be Monday, June 4 at City Hall at 7 p.m.

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