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<br />blINUTES OF Ti% MGULAR Io~ETING OF THE EDINA VILL&E
<br />COUNCIL, HZLD MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1960, AT 7:OO P.M.,
<br />AT TI33 EDINA VILLAGE HALL
<br />1-lembers answering Rollcall were Beim, Dickson, Kohler, Tupa and Bredesen.
<br />BIREPIAN ALFRED B. JOHNSON 57as publicly wished well by the Village Council, on
<br />the occasion of his retirement from the Fire Department.
<br />PUBLIC IUARINGS ON PROPOSED INPROVEMENTS FOR WOODDALE AVENUE. Affidavits of
<br />Publication in Edina-Morningside Courier on April 14 and 21, 1960, of "Notice
<br />of Public Hearing-Concrete Curb and Gutter", and "Notice of Public Hearing-
<br />Storm Sewer" were submitted, approved as to form and ordered placed on file; and,
<br />pursuant to said notices, hearings were conducted on the following proposed
<br />improvements, and action taken as hereinafter recorded:
<br />Street to Tower Street; and
<br />Minnehaha Creek.
<br />Manager Hyde explained that it is the plan to widen Wooddale Avenue from W.50th
<br />Street to Tower Street, to surface it, and to install curb and gutter in it;
<br />that widening will be four feet on either side; that State Gas Tax Funds will be
<br />used to pay all the cost of construction except a portion of the storm sewer and
<br />all of the curb and gutter; that, with gas tax funds paying most of the cost of
<br />these improvements, thf $os&~.&os&-@ited property owners would be approximately
<br />$.031 per square foot/ $1.64 per front foot for curb and gutter, whereas the cost T'IOUld otherwise beabout $6.50 per front foot for curb, gutter and blacktop,
<br />and about $.12 per square foot €or storm sever.
<br />be widened all the way to Valley View Road.
<br />Wooddale, south of Tower Street, is only four years old; that the traffic
<br />pattern is heavier North of 56th Street. PIr. Hyde told audience that one
<br />reason for widening is that the State imposes cercain nunimum specifications-- * '
<br />rhat their minimum is actually 44-foot width but that, with a restriction of
<br />"No-Parking" on the west side of the street we can get by with a 38-foot width.
<br />the widening of the street on the grounds that widening will be an invitation for
<br />more people to use Vooddale Avenue; and that putting more traffic on the street
<br />is not to the liking of owners of abutting properties.
<br />protesting petition carrying some forty-seven signatures, stating that the
<br />property owners who have signed this petition feel so strongly about this matter
<br />that they will be willing to pay a full assessment for the surfacing of Wooddale
<br />Avenue to keep it a residential street.
<br />1. Construction of Concrete Curb and Gutter in Wooddale Avenue from W.50th
<br />2. Construction of Storm Sewer in Wooddale Avenue from 17.54th Street to
<br />Mr. Nyland, 5609 Wooddale Avenue, asked why the street isn't proposed to
<br />He was told that the surfacing of
<br />Mr, Everett W. Davies, 5601 Wooddale Avenue, led a delegation protesting
<br />Mr. Davies presented a
<br />Asked by llr. Bredesen about traffic, Mr. Hyde told audience he believes
<br />- that, eventually, there must be a restriction against parking on both sides of
<br />the street-that the street is so located that there will be heavy traffic
<br />regardless of whether or not the street is widened.
<br />Nr. John Hopkins, 5309 ldooddaie, pointed out that the petition circulated
<br />takes no cbgnizance of the four blocks of abutting property owned by the Edina
<br />Country Club. He expressed himself as being in favor of widening the street
<br />because he thinks it ~70uld be safer; also, that he is in favor of a sidewalk
<br />right next to the curb because he believes this would be safer for the children
<br />who must not7 walk in the street.
<br /> as told by I4r. Hyde that, with a 30-foot street, "No-Parking" restrictions for
<br />both sides must come eventually. He Ehen asked if a storm sewer will be needed
<br />if the street is not widened, and was answered that this improvement will be
<br />needed, whether or not the street is widened--that one important reason t7hy
<br />the present surfacing has not held up is that insuffxcient provision has been
<br />made for drainage.
<br />Mr. Davies inquired as to why the General Fund cannot bear half the cost
<br />of surfacing, as ~7as done on the previous improvement. Mr. Bredesen told him
<br />that the General Fund might bear the cost of any surfacing "over and above
<br />residential specifications" but that he felt that no more than that could even
<br />be considered; and Mr. Hyde inquired as to whether che use of general funds
<br />could be considered sound, with gas tax money available.
<br />* A representative to St.Stephens Church inquired as to whether the proposed
<br />ban on parking t70Uld be on Sundays as well as.weekdays, and t7as answered in the
<br />assessed in full for the curb and gutter, surfgcing and storm sewer, ne expressea
<br />himself: as being in favor of the project presently proposed.
<br />will bear no part of the cost of the storm sewer, should the SO-foot width
<br />street be resurfaced; that: they, therefore, have less to lose by a cnange in
<br />plans than do those north of 56th Street.
<br />Nr. Tom Perpich, 5217 Wooddale, inquired about the parking problem, and
<br />Stating that it would be a great hardship for the Church to be
<br />Mr. Hopkins then pointed out that the petitioners south of W.Soth Street