Continued updates set for 15th Street
Council talks priorites on road revamp
October 30. 2012 1:42PM
With the a second phase* of 15th Street construction in the planning stages, the Dell Rapids City Council sought to make some final engineering decisions on the layout of the street during its regular meeting Oct. 15, as well as a special one called for Oct. 22.
Councilor Dave Sommerfeld said Oct. 15 that upon viewing the area, he had concern with vehicles parked in the driveways sticking out into where the sidewalk would be installed along E 15th Street.
“I’m just trying to think of something for the people out there,” Sommerfeld said. “(Right now, if you) back up enough to get your lawn mower out, you’re blocking the sidewalk.”
Street width, sidewalk width and removal of trees were all issues brought up at the board’s last regular meeting Oct. 1.
Property owner Dan Klein also expressed concern with the elevation of the construction. “I’m going to have such a steep driveway – that’s my main concern,” he said at the Oct. 15 meeting.
Mayor Scott Fiegen listed possible space-saving ideas as pushing the sidewalk closer to the street, narrowing the street, prohibiting parking on one side, jogging the street altogether or shrinking down the sidewalk from five feet to four.
Councilor Chad Andrews agreed that limiting parking would be effective, though he said the city should consider allowing parking on either side aside from the section in question, along E. 15th Street.
Ultimately, Fiegen said the council needs to prioritize before making any final decisions. He said it was key to decide what’s most important to save – trees, driveways, etc. – to let the engineers know what is wanted.
Before closing the regular meeting, though, councilor Todd Wiebenga suggested the group consider shrinking the road to 39 feet (instead of 42 feet), the sidewalks to four feet (instead of five) and the sidewalk one to two feet closer to the street.
“If you shrink a foot, you gain a foot,” Andrews said. “Every foot helps.”
The special meeting the following Monday brought an updated design to consider, including a 39-foot-wide street, five-foot boulevard, four-foot sidewalk and six-foot space between the sidewalk and the property line. Administrator Justin Weiland said one caveat with the revision, though, is that there won’t be enough space for parking on the south side of the street.
He added that though the plan keeps the hash in the center of the road straight, without jogging the street, as well as makes driveways longer, the assessment to property owners would increase five to 10 percent as a result.
And upon inspection by the city, Weiland said that all but one property owner has 25 feet between their garage and the property line, aiming to dash concerns over overhang from driveway parking.
“The council wanted to give these folks more space,” he said of the revision plan. “We wanted to engage with these folks and try to seek an alternative.”
The ultimate decision by the council was to take a little from both plans, maintaining the original 43-foot street width, while altering the boulevard width to five feet and the sidewalk to four, making the sidewalk offset two feet from the property line.
Next on the schedule is to consider a resolution of necessity, which Weiland estimates will occur at the Nov. 19 meeting.
Argus Leader reporter Alica P. Thiele contributed to this report.
*15TH STREET PHASE TWO:
The project entails continued work on 15th Street taking up where the first phase left off at the Clark Avenue intersection through to Garfield Avenue. It also would include infrastructure upgrades to State Avenue, between Thresher Drive and 12th Street, and Garfield Avenue, between 15th and 12th streets.