By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has approved a five-year capital improvement plan for street repair at a total estimated cost of $1.29 million.
The plan “is not set in stone,” said Rick Johnson, village trustee and chair of the village board’s street committee, at the September 23 village board meeting.
Along with the five-year plan, Johnson said he was seeking approval from the village board to start surveying for the next street project before winter.
For 2014, the plan includes Fourth Avenue from Park Drive to Dunn Street at an estimated cost of $299,596.
Completing survey work this fall will put the village “ahead of the game,” Johnson said.
Village Trustee Mark Halpin wondered if completing the survey this fall would mean that the street project would be ready to start next spring.
If the survey work is completed this fall, then after the first of the year, the street project can proceed with the design phase and then bidding of the project, Johnson explained.
“The first step is to get things rolling on the first project,” he said, noting that Colfax has an agreement with Ayres Associates for the survey work.
If Ayres does the survey, however, it becomes the village’s survey, and Ayres will pass the survey information to another engineering firm if need be, said Scott Gunnufson, village president.
If grant money is available through the state or the federal government for street projects, Colfax stands a better chance of getting a grant if the survey work has been completed, said Rand Bates, director of public works.
The farther along the village is on planning and completing a road project, the better the chances for being awarded grant money, Johnson said.
Halpin wondered if all of the street projects would include storm drains, and Johnson said storm drains would be included.
The Colfax Board unanimously approved the five-year capital improvement plan for streets.
Village Trustee Susan Olson was absent from the meeting.
If an emergency arises, such as a street that is breaking up faster than anticipated or a break in the sewer line, the street committee will recommend doing a different project, Johnson said.
The five-year street plan may take ten years to complete, he added.
Other streets in the plan include Third Avenue from Park Drive to Dunn Street for 2015 ($311,261); Roosevelt from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue for 2016 ($234,095); Pine Street from First Street to Railroad Avenue for 2017 ($240,425); Cedar Street from River Street to Railroad Avenue for 2018 ($202,948).
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Ethin Kiekhafer.
• Approved an ordinance annexing territory to the village of Colfax for the Timber Technologies expansion. The village board had previously approved an ordinance to annex the land, but the ordinance was missing an “S” for the south boundary.
• Approved a final pay request from Ayes Associates in the amount of $5,022.92 for A-1 Excavating for the Park Drive project.
• Renewed a contract with Dr. James Fenno as the medical director for the Colfax Rescue Squad.
• Approved a proposal from Riemer Construction in an amount not to exceed $675 for steps off the north side of the handicapped accessible ramp on the Colfax Municipal Building. A state inspector has looked at the ramp and has said that adding steps will not be a problem, said Bates, noting that a new railing for the steps must tie into the existing railing.