Assessment hearing slated

FAIRMONT – Fairmont City Council put the wheels in motion for the 2014 street improvement program Monday, setting a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in council chambers.

The Albion Avenue project, which is reconstruction, will be charged at $75 per assessable front foot.

All other projects are sealcoat and will be charged at $2 per foot. The sealcoat projects are:

o Third Street, from Park to Prairie;

o 13th Street, from North Avenue to Park;

o Anna, from North Avenue to Park;

o Arthur, from Cedar Park Road to West Amber Lake Drive;

o Beach Street, from Third to Fourth;

o Burton Lake, from Friendship Village to Webster;

o Hampton, from Victoria to Tilden;

o Jeri Street, from Sylvia to Prairie;

o Main, from Fourth to the railroad tracks;

o Park Street, from Eighth to 10th;

o Tilden, from Albion to Prairie;

o Albion Avenue trail, from East Interlaken to East Belle Vue;

o Aquatic Park parking lot;

o Liquor store parking lot;

o Public Utilities warehouse parking lot;

o Sylvania Park parking lot;

o Heritage Acres driveway (petitioned at 100 percent).

The estimated cost of the improvements is $2.4 million.

In personnel matters, the council approved the job description for the new economic development director.

The council voted in July to separate the economic duties from those of the city administrator, Mike Humpal, who had been doing both jobs for the last two years.

There was a brief discussion about the community development director title, which also falls under Humpal’s duties. The council agreed that Humpal will continue to perform the community development duties, such as planning and zoning.

Humpal noted that the Fairmont Economic Development Authority members have received a copy of the job description, but he had no feedback from them.

In other action, the council approved:

o A permit for a tractorcade through Fairmont from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.

o Blocking off Arthur Street between West Amber Lake Drive and Cedar Creek Court for a neighborhood block party beginning 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

o Blocking off Grant Street between Tilden and Webster for Grace Lutheran Church’s rally Sunday carnival and block party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7.