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City of Stewart’s improvement project on hold after state snags

A couple of snags at the state level have put the city of Stewart’s $3.7 million utility and street improvement project on hold, probably until next year.
The Stewart City Council discussed options for proceeding Monday night after learning that it would not receive grant funding because the state Legislature did not pass a bonding bill, nor will it receive Public Facilities Authority (PFA) funding for the sewer (wastewater) portion of the project because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) did not give its approval before the required June 30 deadline.
However, the PFA did approve funding for the water portion of the project, because the Minnesota Department of Health did meet the June 30 deadline for its approval.
City Clerk Ronda Huls said that even if the city does not do the project this year, it is still on the PFA’s priority list.
“We can go for funding again next year,” said Huls.
Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineering consultant, said the bids received for the project expired Tuesday.
Kehren said the city could approach the successful bidder and see if the firm will honor the bid when funding becomes available. Otherwise, the city may need to re-bid the project again next year.
Asked if the city would need to go through the assessment hearing process again, Kehren said he didn’t think so if the assessments were at the same level as currently proposed, or if they were lower. However, if the city were to propose higher assessments, it would need to hold the hearings again.

For more from the meeting, see the July 13 print edition of The Chronicle.