The Watertown City Council met in regular session Tuesday night and began the process of taking formal action of assessing 23 property owners the cost of sidewalk replacement as part of the 10th Avenue North reconstruction project. That project will consist of widening the section of 10th Avenue from 4th Street NW to Highway 81. Public Works Director and City Engineer Heath VonEye explained…..
Voneye said there are homes along the route that will not be assessed a sidewalk fee because they are currently in compliance with city ordinance. Those sidewalks will be replaced as part of the project as the city's cost. However, there are 23 properties along the route that are currently not in compliance that will be assessed the cost of a sidewalk during the project……
Voneye said the cost of $600 is a rough estimate because the amount of sidewalk needed for each property is going to vary. The cost of the assessment can be added on the residential taxes and spread out over a ten-year period of time.
Despite that, Councilman Glen Vilhauer spoke in opposition of the resolution…..
The mayor opened the public hearing however, nobody spoke on the issue.
The council voted to approve the resolution on a vote of 9-1. The project is expected to begin in the Spring of 2021.