Residents who live near or next to Buffalo Hills Lane in southwest Brainerd may be paying anywhere from $1,500 to $3,800 in assessment fees if the Brainerd City Council approves a construction project on the street.
The council's Safety and Public Works Committee met Monday to discuss the design of reconstructing Buffalo Hills Lane to make it safer for residents and how the project could be assessed.
Jeff Hulsether, city engineer, said the number of people who live next to or around Buffalo Hills Lane has increased in the past few years. A few of the new developments include Crescent Hills Estate and Southview Court.
Hulsether said the city is concerned about the residents' safety along Buffalo Hills Lane, the width of the road, how far people can see down the road and whether a walking-biking path is needed.
Hulsether said city staffers are recommending that the road be expanded to 36 feet wide and include a 6-foot striped walking-biking area next to the curb.
Hulsether said when the committee had an informational meeting in November with the residents on the construction project they had mixed opinions on what the design of the road should be. He said some wanted to have a trail that would be constructed off the road, some wanted the trail built along with the road and others didn't want the trail at all.
Hulsether said residents who live on Graydon Avenue and Crestview Lane said they do not have to use Buffalo Hills Lane for access so they would not benefit from the improvements and therefore should not have to pay for the project.
Hulsether said there are several ways the city could assess residents on the project. He said the city could assess by the amount of footage they have that abuts Buffalo Hills Lane or they could assess all the households in the vicinity.
Hulsether said there are 276 lots that could be assessed. These lots include current residents and undeveloped lots. He said all the lots are residential, besides one church.
The committee plans to ask the city council for direction on how to proceed with the project at its Dec. 19 meeting.
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