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
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
He agreed to work with Wilson to develop a list prioritizing
“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