January 6, 2016

Keller Drive residents look for street project

By Kate Johnson

The first city council meeting of 2016 started with a light agenda. The council members present came in small numbers with few to no items to their portfolios. Councilman Ben Lenzen held the most heavily discussed issue.
Lenzen and City Coordinator Russ Duppong joined forces to present the one item in Lenzen’s portfolio. The residents of Keller Drive are looking to hard surface their street. Duppong mentioned that the residents have had a few meetings now, discussing their options and their desires. Rick Mitzel, Keller Drive resident, was present for the meeting.
“They got together and a good part of the people want to do something,” said Duppong to the council members present.
The general consensus between the residents is they would like to accomplish a hard surface with a hard surface of asphalt for Keller Drive.
Currently, City Engineer Loren Daede has drawn up three options and prices for the city and residents.
The pricing and options on how to hard surface varied between asphalt and recycled asphalt.
Over the years the city has completed street projects, clean up projects, and so on, with the asphalt being destroyed or dug up going to a place called “the pile,” from which the city can reuse materials when needed or in the occasional case of a sale.
Concerns were raised about how low the pile is and the question was, Is there enough for this particular street project? Daede, without missing a beat, responded with his estimated amount of what currently sat in the pile – which was 4,000 tons. He also mentioned his belief that the project wouldn’t exceed 2,000 tons, leaving half the pile remaining.
The purpose of using the recycled asphalt was to cut costs for all parties.
“The question that came from this group is ‘would the city council be willing to utilize the recycled asphalt to keep prices down?’” asked Duppong of the council members.
Hoping to clear up any misconceptions Mayor Darrell Bjerke stated, “We need to remember that the recycled asphalt is not free. The council has paid for the crushing at one time or another.”

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