Wayne White /Herald-Chronicle
Cracked and potholed Washington Street, in Lyndon, is targeted for summer resurfacing by the city council.

Wayne White | Managing Editor

LYNDON—With two developers proposing to build streets in Lyndon, contractors and engineers on such projects will now have guidelines to follow.

Monday night, the Lyndon City Council considered construction standards for streets and curbs, drafted by Lyndon City Manager Larry Thurston and maintenance supervisor Dave Wilson. Noting the city would also be developing other construction standards, the council delayed official action to adopt the standards until it could be determined how they should be incorporated into the city’s regulations.

Lyndon City Council Member Doug Watson questioned whether the new standards would be adopted by reference or as a new ordinance in the city codes.

“Let (city attorney) Pat (Walsh) figure out the next step or what we need to do,” suggested Lyndon City Council Member Bill Patterson.

The council reached a consensus to approve the draft standards as written, but agreed to wait for advice from Walsh before taking official action.

Although the street construction standards remained in limbo, the council received notification the Lyndon Planning Commission had reviewed a preliminary plat for the Tiger Ridge subdivision, and had outlined stipulations regarding the development of the recently annexed property.

At the March 8 council meeting, the council considered a letter from Shane Kirkpatrick, developer of Tiger Ridge, regarding streets in the subdivision. Kirkpatrick indicated he would be constructing asphalt streets but requested that ditches be allowed initially instead of curbs and gutters. At the time, the council agreed ditches could be used if properly designed.

At last week’s planning commission meeting it wasstipulated all infrastructure at Tiger Ridge – streets, drainage, sewers and water lines – be built to city standards before lots are sold and before the city accepts the right-of-way. The city also would retain the right to inspect streets after construction and the developer must provide a one-year warranty after the street is turned over to the city.

Other stipulations included locations of utility easements, size of water lines, direction house addresses should face, and curb and gutter type. The commission also requested the developer escrow or bond the infrastructure costs, and guarantee the improvements would be built before permits are issued for individual lots.

The commission also stipulated that Adams Street should be taken off the plat because it exists only as an alley, but Thurston confirmed to the city council Monday night Adams Street had already been platted as a street adjacent to the housing development.

In other street discussion, the council set a tentative plan for summer resurfacing projects.

Thurston suggested that regardless of which streets are chosen for resurfacing, three blocks of Washington Street south of Sixth Street should receive attention. He suggested asphalt overlay of the concrete-based street, which suffers from cracks and potholes, receiving agreement from council members.

“South Washington will be one of our priorities, because it is bad, extremely bad,” Patterson said.

“I would like to entertain Washington Street and see if we have any more money left to do other streets,” said Lyndon City Council Member Brandon Smith.

Thurston suggested the council consider spending more than the approximately $75,000 spent last year on street projects and obtain bids for repairing 15 blocks of streets to determine the expense.

He agreed to work with Wilson to develop a list prioritizing street repairs.

“We couldn’t hardly make a mistake by going out and picking any street to remodel next,” Thurston said.

In other business, the council:

• considered job descriptions for a swimming pool manager and assistant city clerk. The council questioned the proper method of implementing the job descriptions, and agreed to wait for advice from the city attorney. A consensus was reached that the pool personnel would receive the same wages as last year. Lyndon Mayor Jeff Bronson told the council he wished to be present during interviews of candidates for the pool manager position.

• noted May 1 would be the date for a citywide cleanup and would include a hazardous household waste collection point.

• tabled an ordinance that would allow sales of fireworks inside the city limits.

• approved renovation of a sign at the community center after reviewing a quote from Frank Burkdoll in the amount of $966 including labor. A quote for installing a city billboard several miles north of town was rejected.

• was notified that the city’s water supplier, Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12 had exceeded drinking water standards for haloacetic acids. The water district expects the problem to be resolved before the next scheduled quarterly testing.