Kitty Drive included in Main Street project
By William Haldy
The Clearwater City Council approved a last minute addition to the Main Street improvement project following testimony from concerned residents at their regular meeting last week.
Paul Schreifels and Ken Abraham, neighbors on Kitty Drive, approached the council, requesting their cul-de-sac receive improvements along with the work that is already being done on Main Street.
In a letter to the council, Shreifels expressed concern about the general condition of the cul-de-sac, drainage problems that are causing erosion in his yard and runoff into Abraham's garage, and snow and ice build up that may occur due to elevation differences between the cul-de-sac and Main Street following the Main Street improvements.
Schreifels and Abraham said they had talked to their neighbors on Kitty Drive and it seemed to be a general consensus that everyone involved would like to see the cul-de-sac included in the Main Street improvements to remedy existing problems as quickly as possible and avoid any future complications that may arise.
City Engineer Maynard Clever was on hand to discuss the residents' request with the council.
Essentially, Clever said, the existing black top on Kitty Circle would have to be removed and the crown of the cul-de-sac lowered and regraded to correct the drainage problems Schreifels and Abraham are experiencing. Clever also stated that it was city policy to include the installation of curb and gutter with any street reconstruction, a feature that would further aid in drainage problems.
Overall, Clever estimated the project would cost about $20,500, a portion of which would be assessed to the cul-de-sac residents.
Clever recommended that the proposal be included with the next phase of the Main Street improvements that will begin in about two or three years as there would not likely be enough time to include the project with the current phase.
Clever said if the project was to be included in the present Main Street improvements the existing asphalt would have to be removed within about two days time so the curb and gutter crew could include the cul-de-sac before they left at the end of the week. A task that would be difficult to complete on such short notice.
The council managed to come up with a solution to the problem, however, despite the short time table. Councilmember Bob Potter said he could he could locate a back hoe and have it to the site by the following morning if Bob Stavrum of the Clearwater Maintenance Dept. could use it to clear away the old asphalt. Then, the curb and gutter crew could head out the site before the end of the week.
With the logistics of actually getting the work accomplished out of the way, the council moved on to the next hurdle; how to handle the assessments.
Normally, a public hearing is required before the city can assess residents for street improvements. In this case, where time was truly of the essence, there was be no time for such a hearing. Instead, a document indicating support of the cul-de-sac reconstruction and agreement with the necessary assessments signed by all residents of Kitty Circle was required.
Fortunately for Schreifels and Abraham, Clearwater is indeed a small town and they were able to locate their neighbors and get all the necessary signatures to secure approval of the project before the council adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
The council also reviewed the results of Clearwater's Fall Clean-up Day.
Fifty eight residents turned out to dump their unwanted items, which included 13 appliances and 70 tires. When Fall Clean-up Day officially ended at 11 a.m., there were far fewer tires than 70. However, someone came by the city maintenance building over the weekend and dropped off another 42 tires that as of yet remained unclaimed.
City Clerk Debbie Millner said whoever dropped off the extra tires is welcome to stop by city hall and pay for them at any time.
Clearwater Fire Chief Jim Repke presented the council with the monthly fire report.
In September, the fire department received 22 calls. They included one grass fire, one structure fire, three vehicle fires, nine medical rescue calls, five accidents and one mutual aid call to Clear Lake.