4th Street project just about a wrap

By Jon Tatting

By the time the county fair begins this week, 4th Street should be serviceable to traffic as the final lift or layering of blacktop can wait until the festival is over. Meanwhile, fairgoers are directed to park along Fairfield Avenue where the main entrance is located.

City engineer Barry Peters provided an update on the 4th Street turnback project during the Rush City Council meeting on Monday, July 9.

Otherwise, he added, the majority of sidewalk should be finished this week, while the railroad company should be completing its final signal work soon. The new street lights are expected at the end of next week.

Also remaining is sod work, which is taking time due to the recent hot weather, said Peters.

In other news, the council:

• Agreed to take more time in researching the water tower paint/maintenance issue before making a decision. Councilors initially discussed the issue at their last meeting when they heard a presentation by a business development manager from SEH.

• Approved the bills including a payment of $618,031 to Chisago County for the city’s portion of the 4th Street turnback project.

• Tabled, until the next meeting, discussion on paving the trail from Field to Harte avenues along Co. Rd. 7

• Mayor Nancy Schroeder proclaimed July 11-14 as Paint the Town Purple Days and July 20-21 as Relay for Life Days in celebration of cancer survivors, in remembrance of those lost to the disease and to join Chisago County’s fight against cancer.

• Approved Lanie Ross, of Rock Creek, as a new member on the airport board.

Upcoming events:

The Chisago County Fair is July 12-15; parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Big Splash event at the Rush City Aquatic Center is July 29.

Community Appreciation Night and 4th Street Completion Celebration is Aug. 9.

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