Morrison Council continues discussing water main project

February 12, 2019

MORRISON — The city is looking at upcoming street and sidewalk improvements and hopes to move forward next month with the Main Street water main project.

City Administrator Barry Dykhuizen said the City Council approved applying for a state block grant Monday to help fund sidewalk replacements. But engineering officials from Willett, Hofmann and Associates could not make the meeting due to weather to discuss a sweeping water main replacement project, so that discussion was delayed until the Feb. 25 meeting.

Still, Dykhuizen said the water main project is progressing with the city expected to hire Willett Hofmann next month to begin design work.

“That design work should take from now until the end of the year,” Dykhuizen said.

Extensive engineering preparation work is necessary because of the scope of the Main Street revitalization project, which is estimated to cost around $1.9 million and include road reconstruction, water main, storm water drainage, curb and gutter, and sidewalk work.

The plan would include replacement of the water main and water services on Main Street stretching from Orange to Clinton Street. Work also would include areas on Genesee, Cherry and Clinton streets from Main to Market Street.

Phase 1 would also include construction of a 10-inch diameter main from the west end of Wall Street to the existing 10-inch diameter main on U.S. Route 30 near Milnes Drive to loop the dead end water main on Wall Street.

Once design work is completed, the next step is to put the project out for bid, Dykhuizen said.

“We could bid the project in about 12 months from now and have construction begin in 2020,” he said.

One thing that may delay that however, is a chance there could be more grant funds that pop up that Morrison could secure to help reduce the cost of the project.

“There is a significant possibility that maybe other grants will be possible in the fall,” Dykhuizen said. “There’s a lot of moving parts. If there’s a significant grant opportunity it may be worth it to wait and then do construction in 2021.”

Streets also are a concern not just a year or two in the future, but right now, he said and that is because of the brutal winter Morrison, along with every other city in the area, has had to deal with.

“I think the thaw cycle is going to be pretty rough on the streets this year and unfortunately that means lots of potholes,” Dykhuizen said.

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