Assessments to fix Horseshoe Meadows roads fall on vacant lots

After holding a special meeting back on April 18 and a public hearing prior to the May 2 regular Braham Council meeting regarding the bituminous wear course problems in the Horseshoe Meadows developments, the council decided to place the assessments on vacant lots in the 4th Addition.

The street problems in both the Horseshoe Meadows 2nd and 4th Additions began when the developer, Ivory Street Developers, went bankrupt before applying the final wear course needed to protect the initial courses. Over time, eroding conditions began showing up on Palomino Street, Horseshoe Lane and Pinto Circle in the 4th Addition and on Appaloosa Court in 2nd Addition.

There are 35 vacant lots along those three streets in Horseshoe Meadows 4th, with the vast majority of the lots going on tax-forfeiture sale this summer. The total amount for the proposed assessment to lay the bituminous wear course is $130,420, with an assessment/lot figure of $3,726.

At an earlier public hearing, Horseshoe Meadows 4th residents voiced their displeasure of being included in the new assessments since their lot purchase price already included assessments for completed streets in their neighborhood. The council’s decision respected that stance.

Appaloosa Court into Horseshoe Meadows 2nd is a private street, however, since it was drawn up as a condominium development with its own snow-removal service among other association-related aspects. There are three residents at this time amid the 16 lots in the development, with the 13 vacant lots owned by Ehlen Properties, LP of Sauk Rapids. Originally, the council drew up a proposed assessment of $23,360 for the final wear course, with an assessment/lot figure of $1,460.

At the May 2 hearing, the council heard one of the residents voice the same frustration as 4th Addition neighbors: we’ve already paid for a completed street system in our original purchase. Forgoing assessing all 16 lots, the council voted to put the issue back on the plates of the 2nd Addition parties to determine how they will pay for the final course work– if they choose to have it completed at all. Time is of the essence, however, since the fairly low bid the city received for the work will not hang out there forever.

The council is hoping to have an answer from the 2nd Addition parties by the June 12 Braham Council meeting. 

In other action, the council:

• Approved an Interim Use Permit for a gated outdoor patio at Rysdam’s Pizza Pub.

• Approved an Interim Use Permit for the Pick’m Farmers Market at Freedom Park which will be held Thursdays between June 12-Oct. 25 from 3-7 p.m.

• Approved the Special Event Permit for the Braham Area Dollars for Scholars “Scholar Dash 5K” on Saturday, Aug. 4.

• Seeks one more member to the Braham Park Board after board member Rich Chronis resigned in April. Interested parties should contact City Hall.

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 7 p.m.