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The project scope includes street and utility improvements.
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The project area (PDF) includes most of the Downtown core
Contact City Administrator Dawn Meyer.
The City is reviewing payment options which will likely include other jurisdiction participation (portions of the roadways in the project area are under Scott County jurisdiction), inputs from MSA (municipal state aid), assessments to benefiting property owners, American Rescue Plan Act economic funds, and debt financed through utility and capital improvement funds.
For decades the City has conducted an annual street and utility improvement project. Historically those projects have focused on the most aged infrastructure and streets, typically in the original townsite. Small, annual projects help us avoid falling into a situation where all streets and utilities need to be updated at once overwhelming our financial capability.
Although previously on improvement “radar”, the Downtown improvement project moved up in priority in 2020 when Scott County began talking with the City about updating State St W. Infrastructure in the Downtown ties into State St W and logistically needs to be completed prior to work on State St W. Planning, discussion, public outreach, and studies have been ongoing.
The City posts project updates online, through social media, and in The Bridge monthly newsletter. Meeting agendas and packet information is posted online, you may sign up for alerts to be notified of agenda posting. You can also check the project page or contact us for updates.