Council sets informational meeting on proposed street project

Public input sought on potential $9.1M street project

An informational meeting about the proposed $9.1 million Second Street reconstruction project has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at city hall.

Ken Wetzler, public works director, told the City Council Monday night that the meeting will give area residents a chance to learn more about the project and to ask questions.

Wetzler said a letter went out Aug. 30 to residents in the affected areas. The proposed project extends along Second Street from the railroad overpass to Prospect Street. Potential elements of the reconstruction could include roadways, sidewalks, driveway approaches, water main and services, sanitary sewer and services, and the storm sewer.

According to the letter, potential impacts include trees, landscaping, retaining walls and concrete steps.

Wetzler said there would be no formal presentation, but city staff and the project consultant, Snyder and Associates Inc., will be on hand with displays to discuss the project informally. The meeting will follow an open forum format and those interested can attend anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to express views and ask questions about the project.

At the Aug. 19 meeting, the council heard a report from John Haldeman, a project manager with Snyder and Associates. Though the project has yet to receive council approval, Haldeman offered a look at potential improvements to Second Street. The project includes expanding the street to three lanes in certain areas of the corridor as well as other infrastructure changes including new and upsized sanitary sewer, street drainage improvements, new and upsized water mains and new street lighting with buried power lines.

The project also would look at options for reconfiguring the intersection at West Second Street as it turns onto Second Street east of the overpass. Haldeman said the improvements would provide better sight lines for those trying to enter Second Street from West Second Street, as well as providing a better turning radius for large trucks.

Prior to the meeting on Sept. 12, the Planning and Zoning Commission will see a presentation on the project Sept. 9, according to Wetzler.