Jake Zimmerer from Eagle Engineering gave Council an update on the progress of this project. Kerns Excavating will begin cutting down trees on the bank of the creek before April 1, 2024 per DNR regulations, then will begin stabilizing the banks as the weather warms up a bit more. They plan to have this project done before the end of FY24 (June 30, 2024). As more updates and timelines are available, we will post them here.
At the November 14, 2023 City Council meeting, the Council accepted the bid from Kerns Excavating for the Fairview Creek Stabilization project. In the coming weeks we will be meeting with Kerns Excavating and finalizing a timeline for this project. Council is determining the best funding option for this project, which includes considering use of ARPA funds.
Bids were as follows:
Kerns Excavating – $183,088.80 – Awarded
Leick Construction – $225,370.90
Neuvirth’s Construction Inc – $445,195.75
Pruett Grading – $194,143.60
VRBA Construction – $263,432.80
United Contractors, Inc – $189,310.00
City Council members met with Jake Zimmerer from Eagle Engineering and discussed the Fairview Creek project at the Tuesday, July 25th Council Meeting. City Council is wanting to move forward with this project. It was noted the West side of the bank will remain the highest priority. Next steps will be to formally approve Eagle Engineering creating a plan and putting together a bid package. Once that is complete the project would be able to go out for bid. Due to the possible high cost of these improvements, City Council will be looking for funding opportunities, grants and possibly reallocating other funds toward this projects – these conversations will be ongoing as this project progresses.
Eagle Engineering has finished the survey and elevation study on the creek bed that is North of Fairview and extends into the School’s property. The City, Eagle Engineering and DNR are brainstorming plans to stabilize the banks and funding opportunities and. It has been determined the West side of the bank is the top priority. The end goal is to be able to open up the area again to foot traffic and work with the School to provide a sidewalk through the ROW. We will continue to work with all partners to enhance this area and reopen it once the bank has been stabilized.
The City is working with DNR and our engineers, Eagle Engineering Group, to formulate a plan to stabilize the bank and hopefully restore the walking path between Fairview and the Middle School. Eagle Engineering has been tasked with surveying the creek including an elevation survey. Once this is done, Eagle Engineering and Public Works will work with DNR to create a plan and look for funding sources to complete this project.
This area will remain closed to the public. Snow fencing and signs will remain in place. We will update this page as more information is available.