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5/14/2013 10:26:00 AM
City finalizes Frontage bid

By David Richards

The Byron city council essentially gave a final green light to the Frontage Road project after awarding the bid and approving project assessments at its regular May 8 meeting.

The council has assessed 20 percent of the $4.29 million project to roughly 50 property owners who live within the vicinity of the renovation.

Those owners, as of May 8, now have 30 days to appeal the assessments to the Olmsted County district court if they choose to do so.

Council has received five letters from either home or business owners voicing disapproval of their individual assessments.

City engineer Bill Angerman said the assessments for the Frontage Road renovation are in line with similar amounts assessed for other recent city projects.

"The amount was comparable," Angerman said. " We try to keep projects similar."

Two residents spoke at the council meeting about their assessments, and the council agreed to have staff research the two properties to make sure the amounts were accurate.

Also at the May 8 meeting, council awarded the project to Haselton Construction out of Faribault, which came in with a low bid of roughly $2.9 million for the majority of the work.

The company outbid S.L. Contracting's bid of $3.1 million and Elcor Construction's bid of $3.4 million. Both of those companies are based out of Rochester.

The project, which starts after Memorial Day Weekend and is expected to last until mid November, will be paid for by a bond, state aid money and the assessments. Final landscaping will be completed in spring of 2014.

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