Plans for roadway, trail and sidewalk improvements

Isanti residents will see plenty of roadway, trail and sidewalk improvements this summer.

During the Isanti City Council meeting May 7, the council approved several resolutions relating to the use of municipal state aid funds to fund the improvements.

The council approved a resolution to authorize the use of municipal state aid funds to construct a sidewalk along the south side of Heritage Boulevard from Elim Lane NE to Credit Union Drive NE.

City Engineer Brad DeWolf explained the total project cost is estimated at $61,000, of which $56,000 is state aid eligible. The remaining $5,000 isn’t eligible for state aid funding as those costs relate to the construction of the city water system.

The council also approved a resolution approving the plans and authorizing the advertisement of bids for the 2103 Railroad Avenue & Walk Improvements.

The plan involves:

• Construction of roadway and trail improvements along Railroad Avenue SE from Towns Edge Road SE to South Passage SE.

• Construction of trail improvements along South Passage from Cimarron Trail SW to Railroad Avenue SE.

• Construction of sidewalk improvements along Heritage Boulevard NE from Elim Lane NE to Credit Union Drive NE.

• Construction of paved restoration improvements along Penny Lane SE from Main Street E to Broadway Street SE.

DeWolf explained the improvements are included in the city capital improvement plan and the improvements are eligible for municipal state aid funds.

DeWolf said bids will be awarded at the June 4 council meeting with construction beginning mid to late June. Final completion of construction is expected Nov. 22.

Sponsorships for Isanti Community Center

Council Member Sue Larson informed the council the Community Center Task Force has been working on a strategic plan to raise funds and donations to assure the long term viability of the community center.

The efforts have included private donations, pancake breakfasts, pie socials and other contributions from both residents and Isanti businesses.

Larson said the task force is currently offering annual sponsorships for both residents and businesses.

A gold sponsorship is $500, silver sponsorship, $250, bronze sponsorship, $100 and stainability, $50.

Larson explained the level of sponsorship will be memorialized with the business name inside the community center.

If interested in sponsorships, contact Sue Larson at 763-286-9964.

• Just a reminder that Bluebird Family Fun Fest will be held May 18 at Bluebird Park in Isanti.

Various activities are planned. For detailed information visit www.bluebirdfunfest.com.

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