The City Board is contemplating paving our streets &/or replacing or patching sidewalks on Main St. They held a question/answer session last night. Their lawyer, Ted Siebel, & an engineer, Matt Johnson of Wold Engineering, Bottineau, were present.
Back in the 50’s a paving project was approved, but was defeated at the last minute. In 2000 an estimate was obtained, from an engineer, but the council decided not to go ahead with the project.
If paving were approved Johnson recommended a 2 inch overlay on existing paved streets & 4 inch paving for the rest of the streets. The sidewalks that are dangerous could be patched for a greatly reduced cost versus total replacement.
A special assessment committee would have to determine a fair way to allocate the costs.
The majority at the meeting were in favor of paving. One comment was-are we poorer than people in neighboring towns that we can’t afford to pave our streets?
Pictured are:1. City board members- Mike Schmaltz, & Frank Ewert; & Matt Johnson, engineer. 2. Ted Siebel, city lawyer; Stan Martin, Auditor; Mike Rudnick, Mayor; & board member Bonnie Dockter. 3. Interested Anamoose citizens
My personal opinion is: We should have paved our streets & fixed our sidewalks years ago. Now is the time to move ahead as each year paving becomes more expensive. We want to have an attractive community to the best of our ability. Are we going to remain stagnant? I hope not!