A planning and engineering firm is recommending that the City of Belle Plaine move forward with several short-term renovation and reconstruction projects for a total of $17 million.
The St. Paul based firm, Wold Architects and Engineers, presented their recommendations to the city council at the work session on Monday, June 7.
They suggest the city plan for several short-term, mid-term, and long-term improvement projects related to the police department, fire department, public works buildings, and city hall.
The short-term recommendations include building a new facility for the police department on the existing lot for a total of $12,800,000. The new facility would be larger and would include space for an ambulance.
For the fire department, the firm recommends creating a two-story addition on the existing property, a decontamination area, and relocating the generator to the second floor for a total of $1,700,000.
The public works department would receive internal renovations, a new elevator, a new salt shed, a new storage unit, and a new building for the recreation and aquatics department for a total of $2,500,000.
Mid-term plans could include adding a public works equipment and vehicle storage facility for $3,250,000.
Long-term plans could include adding an additional fire department to keep up with population growth, upgrading city hall, and adding a satellite public works facility for a total of $10,000,000.
The combined total for all short-term, mid-term, and longterm projects is more than $30 million.
The cost is estimated for pricing in 2022 and could change in the future.
The city does not have details at this time regarding payment for this potential project.
This project is currently in the early learning and planning stages and has not been approved by council.
Funding Request for Downtown Improvement Project
Council authorized the city to submit a 2022 Capital Budget Request to the State of Minnesota for infrastructure financial assistance related to the Downtown Business District Development, Rehab, and Infrastructure Improvement Project.
At the work session on Monday, May 17, council indicated they were in favor of progressing with the plans for the project, which could create larger sidewalks, outdoor dining spaces, benches, planters, new lighting, and parallel parking in several downtown areas near the library, plaza, city hall, and the parking lot on Main Street.
Local government can request to be included in the 2022 Minnesota State bonding bill for assistance with 50 percent of project costs.
The deadline to apply for next year is June 18, 2021.
Land Swap for Main St. Parking Lot
City staff received a proposal from CenterPoint Energy for a land swap agreement with the City of Belle Plaine in coordination with the city’s planned 2021 renovation work at the Main Street Parking Lot.
The planned parking lot renovations will create two-way drive aisles, a bike rack, decorative screen wall, slip sails, and a gateway arch.
The city is also planning to do existing pavement full depth replacement.
The lot improvements total is estimated to cost over $230,000.
CenterPoint Energy will transfer ownership of its existing land within the parking lot to the City of Belle Plaine and the city will transfer ownership of a 20’x30’ section of land within the parking lot to CenterPoint Energy.
Council authorized staff to proceed with the land swap and directed staff to have the necessary legal documents prepared for the split.
2022 Street Improvement Project
Council authorized the city engineer to prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report for the reconstruction of portions of Main Street from Chestnut to Willow Street, Meridian Street from the first half of the 100 block of South Meridian Street to State Street, Church Street from Willow to Chestnut Street, Block 92 alley and Block 103 alley.
Main Street from Chestnut to Walnut Street will receive storm sewer and trail. These locations were selected based on contributing factors such as surface condition, maintenance history, utility material, age, and condition.
Large Assembly Permit Approved for Bar-B-Q Days
Council approved a permit for the annual Bar-B-Q Days celebration on July 16, 17, and 18.
Belle Plaine Festivals and Events requested road closures for the carnival and events as well as for the parade route on Saturday, July 17.
The organization is requesting the closure of Park Street between Market Street and Eagle Street from 1 a.m. Saturday, July 17, until the close of fireworks for increased public safety.
A Road Obstruction Permit Application will be submitted to Scott County for their review and approval for the parade route.
A new addition to this year’s application includes a drive-up beef stand for Friday night. The details are being worked out in coordination with city staff and will require written permission from the Belle Plaine School District for the use of their property.
The beer garden fencing was changed as well, moving from a fenced beer garden to a full parameter fencing of the park. No alcohol will be allowed outside the park fencing.
Council also approved a Temporary On-Sale Strong Beer License.
Farmer’s Ridge Final Plats Approved
Council approved the final plats for Farmer’s Ridge third addition and Farmer’s Ridge fourth addition.
The third addition would create 14 premium residential one-family lots on a 13-acre parcel between Farmer’s Ridge Trail and Farmer’s Way alongside Hickory Boulevard.
The fourth addition would result in 22 one-family residential lots on 13.6 acres of land located along Kittson Boulevard South near Mallard Lane.
Chatfield Commercial Park
Cory and Jessica Hafemann, who own property at CSAH 3 and Evergreen Street, filed a petition for public improvements associated with development of a commercial plat entitled Chatfield Commercial Park.
The Hafemanns and Xcel Energy, d/b/a Northern States Power, are requesting that the city plan for and facilitate construction of public improvements on and adjacent to the property.
Council approved a conceptual plat for the property and scheduled a public hearing on the preliminary plat on Monday, June 14, at the Planning Commission and on Monday, June 21, at the City Council meeting.
Council will consider the petition and determine whether or not to move forward with a feasibility study.
Monday, council members approved the petition for improvements and ordered the preparation of a feasibility report for subdivision improvements.
Upcoming Tentative Meetings
Downtown Music and Food, Wednesday, June 16, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
City Council, Monday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Work Session, Monday, June 21, 6:45 p.m.