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East Grand Forks City Council approves special assessments for one federal funding project

During last week’s work session council members discussed whether all three projects should be special assessed or if only the work on Fifth Avenue Northeast from 20th Street Northeast to 15th Street Northeast should be assessed

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East Grand Forks City Hall. File photo Brandi Jewett/ Grand Forks Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS — East Grand Forks City Council members authorized Widseth to prepare a report of feasibility for one of the three 2023 federal funding projects that will be special assessed.

The three projects council members agreed to pursue for the 2023 federal funding project include: Fifth Avenue Northeast from 20th Street Northeast to 15th Street Northeast, Fifth Avenue Northeast from Highway 2 to 10th Street Northeast and on high priority areas along DeMers Avenue from Central Avenue to 10th Street.

During last week’s work session, council members discussed whether all three projects should be special assessed or if only the work on Fifth Avenue Northeast from 20th Street Northeast to 15th Street Northeast should be assessed. The total construction cost on that proposed project is estimated to be $718,997.50 with a 30% assessed project cost of $215,699.25 for property owners.

City Engineer Steve Emery provided council members with the option of assessing 30% of the total project costs for the work on the other two projects during Tuesday's council meeting in case council members wanted to assess those projects as well. Ultimately council members approved special assessments for the first proposed project only.

For work on Fifth Avenue Northeast from Highway 2 to 10th Street Northeast the total project cost is estimated to be $352,817.40. Work on high priority areas along DeMers Avenue is estimated to be $177,385.

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The next steps to proceed with assessing the first proposed project will be for Widseth to prepare a report of feasibility and file that report with the council; conduct an improvement hearing; authorize the preparation of plans and specifications along with setting a bid date; review received bids with the council; and conduct a final assessment hearing.

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Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or MArbegast@gfherald.com.

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