by Dennis Dalman
Cost quotes will be submitted for a proposed trail from 27th Avenue N. (by Pine Meadow Elementary School) to the entrance of the new Sartell High School.
Another trail may be built from the high-school entrance to 35th Street N.
That project also includes the construction of a concrete median barrier on 27th Avenue just south of the Pine Meadow school parking lot. The median is expected to facilitate the orderly and safe flow of traffic in and out of the lot, especially during mornings and afternoons when parents are dropping off or picking up children.
The Sartell City Council approved a move to call for cost quotes for the projects, estimated to cost about $250,000 altogether.
Sartell owes the school district $130,000 for lighting the district installed on another internal trail that has already been built. So the current plan calls for the city to pay for the entire cost of the school’s share of the Pinecone trail project, and the city would also pay for up to $30,000 for the concrete median near Pine Meadow. Any balance of costs on the project would be paid by the school district. The city would also pay $100,000 of the cost of the additional trail – from the high school entrance to 35th Street.
The city staff wants to be certain of the costs plan before further negotiations with the school district.