Prospect Knolls Assessment Update

6 months ago

On December 9, 2019, the City Council reviewed the Engineering Study and conducted a public hearing on the Prospect Knolls A Roadway Reconstruction Project. Assessments were estimated at $32,900 and $18,500 per REU for Assessment Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Council heard public testimony from 14 property owners. The primary concern was the amount of the assessments. Council closed the public hearing and tabled a decision until staff had an opportunity to consider other options.

At the January 7, 2020 City Council Meeting, staff will present two options to move the project forward and improve the infrastructure. Details of the options can be found below or at the following link late Friday https://edina.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/meetings.aspx.

Please note that the public hearing was closed, and no public testimony will be taken on January 7. If you would like to provide comments to the City Council the best way to do so is by email at CityCouncil@EdinaMN.gov.


Option 1: Bid Original Option with Modified Assessments
Complete project as detailed in the Engineering Study dated November 26, 2019 with modified estimated assessments of $29,300 (~$2,652 per year or ~$221 per month) and $15,000 (~$1,358 per year or ~$113 per month) per REU for Assessment Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Reductions in estimated assessments are related to the following:

  • Reducing contingency in both districts from 15% to 10%: Will require tighter project controls during construction including less conservative estimates for road subgrade soil corrections

  • Adjusting total REUs per district: Assessment District 1 would have one less REU and Assessment District 2 would have one more REU by moving 5812 Lee Valley Road into Assessment District 2.

Option 2: Reduce Roadway Scope
Complete project as detailed in the Engineering Study dated November 26, 2019 with modified estimated assessments of $24,500 (~$2,217 per year or ~$185 per month) and $15,000 (~$1,358 per year or ~$113 per month) per REU for Assessment Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Reductions in estimated assessments are related to the following:

  • Building substandard roadways in District 1, as described below:

    1. No new concrete curb and gutter installation
    2. Reclaim the existing asphalt pavement and gravel base
    3. Little to no subgrade preparation
    4. Compact only the reclaim material
    5. Install 4-inches of asphalt pavement
    6. Little to no restoration and driveway removals
    7. Anticipated reduction in life span of streets

  • Reducing contingency in both districts from 15% to 10%: Will require tighter project controls during construction including less conservative estimates for road subgrade soil correction

  • Adjusting total REUs per district: Assessment District 1 would have one less REU and Assessment District 2 would have one more REU by moving 5812 Lee Valley Road into Assessment District 2



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