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Morningside agreement motion dies for lack of a second

A motion to enter into a cooperative agreement with McLeod County for the Morningside Avenue extension construction project died for lack of a second at the Glencoe City Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting.
The McLeod County Board of Commissioners had approved the cooperative agreement with the city of Glencoe to extend Morningside Avenue from 11th Street to 16th Street (also known as CSAH 15) in late December.
The anticipated city share of the project is $1.2 million, which would be funded by Municipal State Aid. Currently the city of Glencoe has $380,000 banked with the state of Minnesota; there will be $779,910 by the time the project was to be awarded in 2019.
Along with the Municipal State Aid, the city also planned to advance $500,000 from the state, which will help cover the city’s cost of $1.2 million.
No local dollars were to be used for the road construction component of the project. City Administrator Mark Larson said that there may have been some additional cost for sanitary sewer and water main improvements that may have to come out of the general fund, but that the city also anticipated special assessments to property owners that benefit from the approvements.
According to Sandra Martinez of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) State Aid Finance department, there should have been no issue coming up with $1.2 million for the city’s portion of the project as long as the city didn’t spend its total balance on anything else.
Council Member Cory Neid asked Mayor Randy Wilson about the houses along Morningside: “Has anyone looked into possibly doing something with those? First of all, you put a grocery store in their front yard and now you want to put a bypass in their front yard.”
For more from the Council meeting, see the Jan. 10 print edition of The Chronicle.