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Rosemount City Council approves 10-year capital improvement plan

The Rosemount City Council has approved a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan that spans until 2027.

The council approved and adopted the CIP at its Dec. 5 regular meeting. The work was presented by Rosemount Finance Director Jeff May and Logan Martin, city administrator.

As part of the annual budgeting process, the city staff completed a thorough review and update on the city's 10-year CIP. It includes three major areas of streets, equipment and buildings and facilities.

By engaging in a comprehensive capital planning process, the city can anticipate and save for large expenditures and work to ensure funds are allocated toward these areas remain consistent, Martin said.

The CIP was initially reviewed by the council and forwarded to the Rosemount Planning Commission and Rosemount Parks and Recreation Commission in November. Since no changes were recommended, the final document was returned to council for final approval.

Many projects in the CIP address park system improvements, roadway infrastructure and utility projects associated with anticipated developments in the future.

Park projects

The city's CIP shows a significant investment in parks and trails, in addition to new amenities for new neighborhoods. Here is a breakdown:

• 2018-2020: Flint Hills Fields improvements for $2.7 million. This work will complete the northern four fields, parking lot, small play structure and lighting.

• 2018: Covered dugouts at UMore and Erickson Park for $70,000.

• 2018: Horseshoe Park Phase 1 for $300,000. This includes installation of trails, play equipment that will be funded by the park dedication.

• 2019: Baseline fencing for the three ball fields for $30,000.

• 2020: UMore Field improvement Phase 2 for $1.9 million.

Road upgrades

Road projects include:

• 2018: McAndrews Road improvements for $533,000 to include road widening to allow for dedicated turn lanes, regional trail improvements and stormwater upgrades. This is a shared cost with Dakota County.

• 2018: Trail area city streets pavement management program for $655,900.

• 2018: Akron Avenue paving project design fee with a cost share of $200,000.

• 2019: Bonaire Path to Akron Avenue to Greystone for $2 million. This includes asphalt roadway construction and railroad quiet zone installation.

• 2022: A new roundabout will be constructed at 140th Street and Diamond Path. It will be a shared cost with Dakota County for $440,000. The design occurs in 2020 and the right-of-way acquisition takes place in 2021.

City staff recommended three road projects that will be an economic development benefit to the community if constructed.

The three potential road projects include Bonaire Path to lay roadway on the urban section from east of Akron Avenue to east of Anderson Drive.

The second road could be Connemara Trail and it would add an extension of urban section roadway from Akron Avenue east.

The third road project will be on Biscayne Avenue and it will add paved roadway to the urban section from south of Boulder Trail to 160th Street.

The design and roadway projects slated for 2018 are in place, but there is an understanding that construction timing will be dependent on development needs and funding availability.

City staff and the council will have further discussions about financing the projects, which could include municipal-state aid funds, developer payments and assessments.

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