Property owners are being urged to sign and turn in temporary construction easements that were mailed to them recently by the city for the street improvement project. The easements for each section of street need to be turned in before work can begin along that street.

The project will include a water main extension, beginning on Eighth Street at E Avenue, south to C Avenue, east on C Avenue to 11th Street and south on 11th Street to South D Avenue; water ties and crossings on N Avenue from Second Street to Sixth Street; and street improvements on C Avenue South, Valley View Circle and Third Street Place from E Avenue to G Avenue, including water and sewer main replacement. J & K Contracting, LLC of Ames will be doing the work, which is expected to cost just under $2 million.

As explained in the letter sent to property owners, the contractor will use a "small part of your property to place dirt, rock or other construction supplies on for the project." Once work is completed, the area used by the contractor will be returned to the way it was prior to construction.

Building and Zoning Administrator Shawn Cole said approximately 62 easements are needed for the areas impacted by the project. The deadline for the Third Street easements was Dec. 19, while all other easements were to be turned in by Jan. 31. Three easements still need to be collected for the project along Third Street, which will done first. Only six or seven have been turned in for the other project areas. Cole said the contractor had originally planned to begin work along Third Street Jan. 1, but the cold weather has delayed the start. Now the expected start date has been pushed back to March 1. Work on the other streets impacted by the project is expected to begin in May.

"We’ve been really lucky with the weather," Cole said, since not all of the Third Street easements have been turned in.

All temporary construction easements must be signed with a notary present. Property owners may use a notary of their choice, or stop in at City Hall between 8-5 p.m. to use the city’s notary. A notary may also come to property owners’ homes. This can be arranged by calling the Nevada Police Department at 382-4593, ext. 234, to set up a time with one of Nevada’s police officers, who are notary publics.

Questions regarding the temporary construction easements or the street project may be directed to Cole by calling 382-5466.

Bumps on Sixth Street

Though it was not an agenda item, the council briefly discussed the bumps on Sixth Street just north of Highway 30. Council members have heard several complaints about the bumps in the concrete that begin near Highway 30 and last until the bridge south of E Avenue. City Engineer Larry Stevens said the bumps are the result of salt and water entering the joints in the concrete, causing decay of the aggregate underneath. When the aggregate decays, it absorbs water and expands as the water freezes during the winter.

Mike Neal of the street department has said at previous council meetings that his department has tried grinding down the bumps in the past for a temporary solution. If they grind the bumps any further, the bumps will be replaced by dips in the concrete come summer.

Stevens emailed City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen late Monday afternoon a list of solutions to fix Sixth Street. The estimated cost of the solutions range from $15,000 for milling the surface level asphalt to $808,000 for a total reconstruction of the approximately 2,300-foot stretch of road. The deeper the work done to the layers of asphalt and concrete, the longer the solutions will last.

"The only way to solve the problem is to get down to the underlying concrete layer," Stevens said.

A concern of the council and city is the Highway 30 interchange program, which will likely eliminate the Sixth Street exit off of Highway 30 and create an overpass at the intersection. Without knowing when or if the program will take place, there are concerns about the amount of money the city puts into fixing Sixth Street.

City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen said city staff will talk about the solutions Stevens suggested during their meeting Friday, Feb. 14.