The East Gull Lake City Council discussed improvements to Green Gables Road at a July 2 regular meeting and public hearing, according to meeting minutes.
Road improvements could include sewer improvements, resurfacing, construction of curbs and measures to reduce speed on the road and increase safety.
Mayor Dave Kavanaugh said the purpose of the public hearing was to approve the design of the project. Engineer Jeff Ledin said the hearing was an attempt by the city to meet its obligations to the public to inform them of the improvements and gather comments.
The current cost estimate of this road project is $868,000, though the exact cost is not yet decided and how that cost is to be split up is still to be determined.
Jack Hickerson, a resident of the impacted road, presented the council with a petition with 50 signatures opposing the installation of a trail near the roadway. He said he and other residents would like for Green Gables to remain a city street instead of a thoroughfare. He made it clear that he opposed installation of walkways, bike paths or trails and said residents did not want the road widened or straightened.
Kavanaugh explained that such changes were not being discussed at this time.
Resident Carol McGuire pointed out a missing drainage ditch on project maps.
The council was asked if residents of other roads, who use Green Gables for access to and from their homes, were also being assessed in regard to this project. Kavanaugh said Green Gables Drive residents are being assessed even though that road was not part of the project, but those residents must use Green Gables Road to access their property.
Residents from Green Hill Road said they would like to see the cost of the improvements divided more fairly. Kavanaugh said the council will discuss the division at other public hearings.
Council member Rob Mason asked how many Green Hill Road residents were in favor of the project, and noted three hands in response. One resident explained that the road is not in need of complete resurfacing and is not entirely in bad condition. It was noted that repairs can be less expensive if caught early and done properly.
It was suggested that curbs on the road could help slow down traffic. Other suggestions were the installation of solid center lines, or the purchase of electric speed signs. Council Member Dennis Lang said prices for signs with power hookup are roughly $3,000, but they can deter speeding.
Mason made a motion to begin designing the improvements to be made on Green Gables Road. Council member Carol Demgen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Council member James Ruttger was absent.