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COLFAX — A Roosevelt Street residence will officially receive a second driveway during the street reconstruction project this summer.
The Colfax Village Board approved a “cut-out” in the curb for a second driveway on a property owned by Joan Schneider at 306 Roosevelt Street during the May 13 meeting.
Schneider was requesting curb not be installed on one section of her property to allow access to a parking area.
The main driveway is narrow, so if cars are parked one after the other, the car in front cannot get out of the driveway, which is why a parking pad on the other side of the house has been beneficial, said Steven Longdo, who accompanied Schneider to the village board meeting.
The street project, which will include the installation of curb and gutter, would prevent access to the parking pad.
The village’s ordinances allow only one driveway per parcel, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
The main driveway and the access to the parking pad are on opposite ends of the lot, one on the north side and one on the south side, Longdo said.
The Schneider property is actually a lot and a half, and there is not enough space for another house, Niggemann said.
When Scott Gunnufson, village president, asked if there was any reason not to approve the variance, Rand Bates, director of public works, said there was no reason not to approve it.
“If you don’t approve it, they are going to be jumping the curb,” he said.
“Or parking on the street,” said Gunnufson said.
If the variance is granted so there is no curb, “when I have company, then they will be able to park off the street,” Schneider said.
The Roosevelt Street project was bid by linear foot, so with part of the curb taken out, the project will use less concrete, so the cost will be less, Niggemann said.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved a motion granting a variance to allow a second driveway for Schneider’s property at 306 Roosevelt Street.
The village board accepted the low bid from Haas Sons, Inc., out of Thorp at the April 8 meeting for the Roosevelt Street project in the amount of $252,781.07.
Total project time is expected to be four to six weeks from the start of the Roosevelt Street project until it is completed.
501 High Street
Regarding another agenda item pertaining to streets, the Colfax Village Board approved postponing any action on street repair at 501 High Street.
Last fall, Josh Mayfield asked about street repair in regard to work on the sewer lateral for his property at 501 High Street, Niggemann said.
The estimate for fixing the street is about $4,000, and the only assistance the village can offer is to include the payments on Mayfield’s property taxes as a special assessment, she said.
In years past, the village charged a flat fee of $1,000 for a street opening and repair, but the village board has since approved charging the homeowners the actual cost of the street opening and street repair.
The special assessment could be five years or for a fewer number of years or for more years, Niggemann said.
The cost of the repair is 100 percent the responsibility of the homeowner for the lateral out to the sewer main, Bates said.
The additional cost of opening and repairing the street may mean that a homeowner cannot afford to pay the cost of fixing the lateral and the street all at once, he said.
Village Trustee Carey Davis wondered if there was any money available to help homeowners with such costs.
For Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the homeowner must meet certain income guidelines and the project must be an improvement to housing, Niggemann said, adding that she could ask Cedar Corporation if the sewer lateral would qualify for CDBG funds.
Several village board members suggested postponing any action on the 501 High Street project until the property owner could attend the meeting.
Niggemann said she would check with Cedar Corp. on the CDBG requirements and also would check back to see what the village has done on special assessments before this.
Colfax “does not do many special assessments,” she noted.