On Monday, the first city council meeting of the new year, a new project was approved for Deerfield Park.
Completing the last phase of development for the residential lots, platted during the fall, council members approved a paving project to grade and pave the street leading to those lots. Sewer and water lines were installed this fall, but some storm sewer construction will have to take place as well.
The Deerfield Park development has been ongoing since the mid 1990s, according to city engineer Jim Thiesse. The first addition to the subdivision was in 2004. This paving project will be the "last of a series of projects for the subdivision."
The cost of this project will be around $230,000, after an estimate by Thiesse according to Deputy City Manager and Finance Officer Brian Weuve.
"It's what we're going with right now. Most of the time they (estimates) are in the ballpark," Weuve said.
The project will begin in the spring due to the snow and ice right now, but could begin sooner if the conditions are suitable. The completion date is set for July 15, weather permitting.
"I don't foresee any problems," Thiesse said. "It's new construction on wide open ground. Weather might be the only obstacle."
The 24 lots have already begun to be purchased. According to Thiesse, several buyers have combined two or three lots. There is a lot of interest in the lots, but only a few buyers so far.
At the next city council meeting the bid for the project will be awarded.