2020 Street Reconstruction Projects

When the construction begins , separate web pages will be created to provide specific project information.


Here you will find a general overview of the anticipated 2020 reconstruction projects for the areas of Melody Lake A, Grandview A, and Prospect Knolls A. Please see the project location maps and limits in the documents on the right side of this page. The projects will include complete reconstruction of the roadway pavement and may include spot or complete curb and gutter replacement for neighborhoods that currently have curb and gutter, and new curb and gutter installation for neighborhoods that do not. Additionally, various improvements to the watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems can be expected.

When the construction begins , separate web pages will be created to provide specific project information.


Here you will find a general overview of the anticipated 2020 reconstruction projects for the areas of Melody Lake A, Grandview A, and Prospect Knolls A. Please see the project location maps and limits in the documents on the right side of this page. The projects will include complete reconstruction of the roadway pavement and may include spot or complete curb and gutter replacement for neighborhoods that currently have curb and gutter, and new curb and gutter installation for neighborhoods that do not. Additionally, various improvements to the watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems can be expected.

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  • While I was not able to attend the recent meeting, my neighbors have advised me of "the plan" and I have reviewed the material presented on this site. The one question that you must be expecting from the residents of Prospect Knolls A is a simple one - "How does the city consider this to be a fair assessment??" First, on a "like for like" comparison, the two projects scheduled for next year (Melody Lake and Prospect Knolls) are somewhat similar - same timing and same project size from roadway and amount of paving. Though the Melody Lake project appears to include water line services and a significant amount of sidewalks, which are NOT part of the Prospect Knolls effort. Yet the cost to a Prospect Knolls resident is likely 60% higher than the Melody Lake project. Second, when compared to prior year projects, I have been advised that the per household assessment expected to be levied to Prospect Knolls residents is even more of a premium than what other residents paid for street improvements. This is basic street repair. There is no differentiated benefit to Prospect Knolls A residents that warrants such an egregious premium. In fact, it appears to be primarily driven by the city's selective decision in what area to be carved out and how to pay for the work being performed. One could argue that even the selected methodology for assessment is likely not a fair approach for residents within each bounded project area! City streets are a basic requirement of good city governance. It is difficult to understand why ongoing upkeep has not been part of forward capital planning and thus built into current and future tax proceeds. The streets in my area of the city have no greater benefit or utility than those in Melody Lake or any other project that has been completed over the past several years - at a significantly lower cost to our residents. I would expect considerable concern and displeasure will be voiced regarding this proposal. But then again, we only represent 88.17 REUs, so just how much noise can we make anyway.

    GGood asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for the question.  The City Council has also struggled with the cost of street reconstruction and special assessments. There have been discussions about a possible change to the methodology. Any change to street reconstruction funding would require council action.

    Special assessments are valid if three things occur:

    1. The property receives a special benefit from the improvement.
    2. The assessment does not exceed the special benefit measured by the increase in market value due to the improvement.
    3. The assessment is uniform as applied to the same class of property (i.e. single-family home, commercial), in the assessed area.

    The City will hire a qualified and licensed appraiser to review the neighborhoods and determine an average price benefit per neighborhood.  This benefit will be presented to the City Council at the December 9, 2019 Public Hearing. At that meeting you will have 3 minutes to present your views about the project. In the meantime, council members are always interested in hearing from residents about topics that affect them.

    The scope of utility improvements (like watermain replacement) or sidewalk installations do not factor into the estimated special assessments calculation. These project components are funded by the City’s Utility Fund and Pedestrian and Cyclists Safety Fund, respectively.

    While the proposed Melody Lake/Grandview and Prospect Knolls projects are similar in size, they differ greatly in property density; this is a key component in calculating a project’s special assessment rate. The special assessment is calculated simply by dividing the total roadway cost by the number of Residential Equivalent Units (REUs) within the project area in accordance with the City’s Special Assessment Policy.

    Aaron Ditzler

  • I attended the meeting last Monday evening for the Melody Lake Grandview street reconstruction project scheduled for 2020. I would like to get my sewer and water service lines inspected . Can you provide me with the list of City approved plumbing contractors who do that work?

    rrkvanbeck asked 3 months ago

    A list of sewer, water and sump contractors that have previously worked in the City is referenced in the link below. They can assess whether your service pipes need any repairs or improvements.  We recommend contacting more than one contractor to ensure you are receiving competitive estimates.

    https://www.edinamn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/824/List-of-Plumbers-PDF?bidId=

    Thank you, 

    Aaron Ditzler