Reeder road project moves forward

It won’t be paved in gold, but the main road in Reeder will be paved.

Posted Feb. 14, 2014

 

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Adams County Record Editor

It won’t be paved in gold, but the main road in Reeder will be paved.

Chuck Olsen of Endeavor Engineering presented the plans to the Adams County Commissioners Monday morning at their regular meeting, describing what will be done to improve the mile of potholes that presently is the only paved road in Reeder.

“We’ll start about 20 feet on Highway 22 coming into 1st Avenue West so there is no big dip or thump coming into town,” explained Olsen.

There will then be a two-inch mill overlay to the intersection at 1st Avenue West, and Olsen said from there to 3rd Ave. East the road will be “a complete dig out.”

The road will be removed approximately a foot down, fabric laid and four inches of asphalt will top it off.

“The street is completely trashed,” he said. “Especially on the north side near the park.”

Most of the gutters on the road will also be replaced, and all the corner curbs will be made ADA compliant.

“The milling will come up to the edge of the curbs,” he said.

Olsen also plans to put up new stop signs in town, as the ones currently in place “have been there for 40 years, are in poor condition and hard to see.”

The project will continue through town and end when it meets up with Highway 12.

The commissioners approved this project in August of last year, and the estimated cost is slightly under $1 million.

However, there is a 90/10 funding from HB 1358 to make the project possible, and Olsen is looking into possibly tying it into a Department of Transportation project as well.

In other road business, Theo Schalesky brought to the board the possibility of a rate increase for maintaining the road around Mirror Lake, including plowing the snow and the keeping the spillway clear.

“The last rate was set in 1999, and it hasn’t’ been raised since,” he said. Currently it is $25 a year.”

Fuel costs alone have risen close to 300 percent,

The board moved to raise the rate to $100 per year. Billing has already been sent out for 2014, and payments received, said County Auditor Pat Carroll. The board voted to make it retroactive to the beginning of this year.

Also included are the four entities of the city, county, Hettinger Township and the Park District on their joint powers agreement – they will see an increase to $1,000 for the year.

Highway 12 was last done by the DOT in 2001. It will be hosting a public input meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center to discuss proposed improvements for Highway 12, beginning at the west side of Hettinger and going east to the South Dakota state line. The meeting will provide opportunity for public input. Representatives from the NDDOT Dickinson District office and Design Division will be present.

The next regular county commission meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.