<br />OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL
<br />JUNE 17, 1985
<br />Answeri g roll
<br />all were Members Bredesen, Kelly, Richards, Turner and Mayor
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Council Meetings of May 6 and May 20, 1985, were approved
<br />as submitted by motion of Member Turner, seconded by Member Kelly.
<br />Ayes: Bredesen, Kelly, Richards, Turner, Courtney
<br />Motion carried.
<br />PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED; TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT NO. 85-8
<br />placed on file. Mr. Hoffman recalled that the Council at its meeting of January 21,
<br />1985, had heard the report of the consulting engineering firm, Strgar-Roscoe-Fausch,
<br />Inc., who had been commissioned by the City to study the traffic operations and
<br />safety characteristics of W. 70th Street between Highway 100 and France Avenue.
<br />One of the recommendations of the study was to signalize the 70th Street and Cor-
<br />nelia Drive intersection to enhance pedestrian safety in the neighborhood adjacent
<br />to the school and park.
<br />recommendations and authorized the staff to prepare and send a signal justification
<br />report to the State of Minnesota for approval. The State has approved funding of
<br />one-half of the cost of the signal installation from State Aid funds. Mr. Hoffman
<br />advised that the cost of the signal installation is estimated at $70,000.00 and
<br />that the remaining one-half of the cost or $35,000.00 requires a local funding
<br />are: 1) City General Fund, 2) City General Funds and School District Funds, and
<br />3) Special Assessment of neighborhood at an estimated assessment of $42.00 per single
<br />family residence. Because pedestrian safety is one of the factors, Mr. Hoffman
<br />explained that the proposed area to be assessed is bounded approximately by West
<br />Shore Drive on the west, West 66th Street on the north, Valley View Road and Lynmar
<br />Lane on the east and Gilford Drive on the south. This is the approximate walking
<br />area for students attending Cornelia School. The construction of the project, if
<br />approved, is proposed to occur in the Fall of 1985. If a portion of the project
<br />costs are assessed, the assessments would be levied in 1986 with the assessment
<br />payable in 1987. Mr. Hoffman advised that this hearing is to seek authorization
<br />of the project and to discuss what funding method to use to provide the local share.
<br />Member Bredesen asked if the City's General Fund has previously paid for traffic
<br />explained further that two legs of the subject intersection are local streets and
<br />do not qualify for State Aid funds. Persons speaking in objection to the traffic
<br />light and/or the special assessment funding were:
<br />Paul Green, 6945 Southdale Road, and Donald Johnson, 7137 Cornelia Drive. Donna
<br />Fry, 7208 Heatherton Circle and Gary Chlebowski supported using the General Fund
<br />of the City to fund the project. Sandy Phillips, 6817 Point Drive, urged Council
<br />to prrceed with the traffic signal project.
<br />Member Turner made a motion to authorize the traffic control signal system improve-
<br />ment, with the understanding that the funding method would be by special assess-
<br />ment to the School District and the City. Motion was seconded by Member Kelly.
<br />Member Turner stated that in this situation the primary justification for the
<br />warrants for the signal was the pedestrian crossing at this intersection as the
<br />result of the school located there. Because there are district-wide programs at
<br />Cornelia, Member Turner stated she felt the School District should be assessed,
<br />together with the other benefited property owner, the City, because of the park.
<br />located there which is used by families from all over the City. Member Richards
<br />commented that he could not support 'the motion because part of the impetus for
<br />the traffic signal came from the residents of the area who argued the need for
<br />the signalization that would be a benefit to the properties. He agreed that a
<br />portion of the.one-half not funded by State Aid should be picked up by the City
<br />and the School District, and that a portion should be picked up by the affected
<br />neighborhood that will particularily benefit by the signal.
<br />then called for rollcall vote on the motion.
<br />Affidavits of Notice were presented by Clerk, approved and ordered
<br />The Council gave concept approval to several of the
<br />The three proposed alternatives for funding the local share of the project
<br />Mr. Hoffman responded that this has not been Council policy in the past and
<br />Kathy Lucas, 4212 W. 70th Street;
<br />There being no further discussion,
<br />Mayor Courtney'
<br />Rollcall :
<br />Ayes: Kelly, 'Turner
<br />Nays: Bredesen, Richards, Courtney
<br />Motion failed.
<br />Member Richards then introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption,
<br />with the recommendation that the one-half of the construction cost not funded by State Aid funds be assessed one-third to the City, one-third to the School
<br />District and one-third to benefited property owners as identified in the
<br />staff report:
<br />RESOLUTION ORDERING TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL SYSTEM
<br />IMPROVEMENT NO. 85-8; S.A.P. 120-145-15
<br />BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Edina, Minnesota, that this Council
<br />heretofore caused notice of hearing to be duly published and mailed to owners