Albion Avenue worked scheduled

FAIRMONT – The city of Fairmont is taking on fewer street improvements this year, but the effect will be felt by businesses, consumers and residents.

Albion Avenue – from Lair Road to Oak Beach Drive – will be ripped up and rebuilt this summer.

The stretch isn’t even a half-mile long, but it’s a significant stretch for locals and visitors, leading to the popular summer destination of Dairy Freeze, as well as the VFW Post 1222, Sommer Outdoors, Shear Radiance hair salon, Calvary Cemetery, a mobile home park and residential property.

On Monday, the City Council discussed the upcoming project and its impact, before approving the 2014 improvement program.

According to Public Works director Troy Nemmers, one lane of traffic will be closed at a time for the Albion Avenue project, in order to maintain access to the businesses on the west side of the road.

When the project will begin and how long it will last remains to be seen. Because the reconstruction will be completed one lane at a time for the most part, it will take longer to complete, Nemmers warned.

The city will set a time to meet with businesses along the stretch toward the end of the month.

The cost of the improvements to Albion Avenue are estimated at $640 per foot, with property owners to be assessed $75 per foot. The city is not issuing bonds this year for street improvements, but instead is using state aid funds.

Also slated for 2014 is the extension of Charles Street, near Fairmont High School. The street will be extended to connect with Southwind Drive. Property owners abutting the property petitioned for the extension and will pay for the full cost of the project.

The only other scheduled street improvement is seal coating, for which property owners are assessed $2 per frontage foot.

The estimated cost of the improvements is $1.752 million.

In other business, the council:

o Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for Martin County Preservation Association to serve wine at a fundraising event April 25-26.

o Approved a theater license for Todd Frager of Fairmont Theatre.

o Approved a parade permit for June 14 for Interlaken Heritage Days.

o Approved a parade permit for the American Legion for Memorial Day.

o Set the Fairmont Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 9 a.m. Wednesday in council chambers at City Hall.