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Silver Lake City Council considers future capital improvement projects

The Silver Lake City Council took a look at and began to prioritize its capital improvement needs for the next couple of years at its quarterly meeting Monday, April 3.
On the list of projects are storm water, city hall, emergency services and fire hall, water tower, water treatment, lift station and forcemain, and sanitary sewer improvements.
Also on the list are trail construction and crossings, downtown redevelopment and a Highway 7 corridor study.
Representatives from Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc., (SEH) were at the meeting to assist with the process.
The council identified the storm water flooding issues around the Frank Street area as a high priority.
Much of the city’s storm water system is the old clay sanitary sewer system, which is undersized for today’s standards. Increasing the size of the pipes and catch basins would greatly improve the issue. The cost would range from $300,000 to $600,000, and the project could be done in phases.
SEH suggested building a small berm near the affected area to keep the water from entering the residential properties and allow the water to drain with time. The option is much more cost effective.
Improvements to the Cleveland Avenue lift station are also high on the priority list and estimated at $140,000 to $170,000.
A city hall upgrade and downtown redevelopment have been on the list for some time.
The city hall is undersized and in need of many repairs. It is not currently handicapped accessible.

Read the full story in the April 12 edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.