St. Anthony City Council approves 2014 Street and Utility Project

The St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2014 Street and Utility Project Plans and Specifications and authorized an advertisement for bids at its Tuesday, Nov. 26 city council meeting.

St. Anthony’s City Engineer Todd Hubmer said the entire project would cost $2.19 million. Of that amount, the city would be paying just over $1.7 million and $483,000 would be assessed to 72 properties in the area. Homeowners would not be assessed for sanitary improvements or a proposed rain garden on the north end of Central Park, Hubmer said.

The street improvement project will take place on Pernod Lane from 37th Avenue to 36th Avenue, Edgemere Avenue from Pernod Lane to Chelmsford Road, and Wendhurst Avenue from Pernod Lane to Chelmsford Road. The existing concrete streets in the area will be replaced with asphalt streets, and sanitary sewers will be converted from clay pipe to a new 8” PVC pipe. The new piping will be much tighter and will not allow groundwater to enter, Hubmer said.

The existing cast iron water main will be replaced by a wider ductile iron water main. Hubmer told the council that the cast iron is about 60-years-old and is corroded in many spots. There has been water main breaks in the area as a result, he told the council.

Two new fire hydrants and some additional storm sewer will also be added in the area of Edgemere and Wendhurst avenues.

Hubmer said the reconstruction project would start this spring as soon as weather allows and should conclude with the laying of the final layer of asphalt in spring of 2015.

Other business

In other council business, Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom updated the council on the work the department is doing to reduce the number of active warrants in the county through a new online feature on the Ramsey County Sheriff Department website. The new feature allows people to have easy access to view warrants throughout the county.

Bostrom said the Sheriff’s Department is also working to increase community notifications through its website and the free community alert system CodeRED.

St. Anthony Fire Department Captain Chris Fuller also presented awards to the winners of the 2013 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. The Fire Department chose the theme of preventing kitchen fires for this year’s contest.

Fuller said the department received over 250 submissions from fourth and fifth graders in the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District. He noted that there were many good entries this year and said choosing the winner was a difficult decision.

The winners of the poster contest are: Ella Bergquist, first place; Ajla Cerimovic, second place; Lola Vanner, third place and Peri Orstadius, fourth place.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at or 651-748-7824.

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