NB roadwork is slightly behind schedule

Road construction on the intersection of Highway 95 and County Road 30 in North Branch is nearly on schedule.

During the North Branch City Council meeting Monday, WSB & Associates Engineer Diane Hankee said traffic control, groundwater issues and other factors have slowed the project a bit, but not significantly. She estimated the complete mill and overlay of the area would be completed in mid-August.

Currently, road construction crews are working on concrete curb replacements on the north side of Highway 95 and when they’re finished with that project they’ll be replacing curbs on the south side of the thoroughfare.

“The majority of the work should be done before Hay Days,” Hankee said. “We’re on schedule for that.”

Bill reduction request denied 

Also during the meeting, a request by resident David Beckman to have his sewer bill reduced was denied by a unanimous vote.

Beckman approached the council July 13 about a sewer charge totaling more than $600.

He said the charge came when he was out of town March 20-April 18.

Public Works Director Shawn Williams met with Beckman at his house and it was determined the cause of the higher bill was due to a leaky toilet, which was fixed in April.

Vote postponed

Mayor Amy Oehlers was not present for the meeting. Subsequently, the council voted unanimously to table a vote on a housing tax-increment financing loan agreement until its Aug. 13 meeting. The council had voted on the issue at the meeting, but came to a 2-2 tie, which prompted the reconsideration of the vote and the tabling until the mayor would be available to break the tie.

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