Elk River moving forward with beautification plans for Highway 169-Main intersection

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by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

Plans are moving ahead to landscape the four corners of the Main Street-Highway 169 intersection in Elk River.

Estimated cost of the beautification work is $32,695.

The salt-tolerant plantings would include sedum and dogwood at all four corners as well as turf grass on the northern two corners and concrete on the southern two, said Elk River Planning Manager Jeremy Barnhart. Irrigation would also be installed at the four corners. To hold down the costs of installing irrigation, the city has approached the three businesses at the corners — Walgreens, Wash ’N Fill and SuperAmerica — and they have agreed in principle to allow the city to use their water for the irrigation. The city would reimburse the businesses for the water used.

Cost of the irrigation is estimated at $10,700 and the cost of the landscaping is estimated at about $22,000.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday, Aug. 20, to take four steps to set the project into motion. They include:

•Advertise for bids to complete the landscaping work.

•Hire an irrigation contractor at a cost not to exceed $10,700.

•Sign agreements with the property owners at the three corners to use their water for irrigation. The city owns the property at the northeast corner of the intersection.

•Sign a Limited Use Permit with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to allow the landscaping.