Are projects assessed; what is the cost; and how can I pay for the assessment?
Reconstruction and overlay projects are assessed according to the city's current assessment policy. Each project varies in cost depending on many factors, such as existing conditions, proposed improvements, number of properties and bids from contractors. Previous project assessments for single family dwellings have been as low as $4,000 or as high as $12,000 for a reconstruction project and $1,000-$2,000 for an overlay project.
Final assessments are determined at the assessment hearing. The following are discussed in more detail at the time of the assessment hearing, but payment options include:
Pay the entire assessment off within 30 days of the assessment hearing with zero percent interest;
Include the assessment with the property taxes. If the assessment is below $5,000 it is collected over a 5 year period; between $5,001 and $10,000 it is collected over a 10 year period; and above $10,001 it is collected over a 15 year period. Interest rates will be applied to any assessments included in the property taxes; and.
Partial payments are accepted within 30 days of the assessment hearing. The remaining balance will be included in the property taxes and interest will be calculated on the remaining balance.
How am I notified if my area is being considered for reconstruction?
Approximately one year prior to the start of construction, you will receive a letter in the mail stating that the city will be collecting data in the area. In the fall months, before the project is scheduled, the city will hold a neighborhood informational meeting. This meeting will address the details associated with a reconstruction project. Finally, affected property owners will receive a public hearing notice along with the estimated assessment for the project. At the public hearing, residents will have the opportunity to speak in front of the City Council about the project. At this hearing, the City Council will then decide whether or not to proceed with the project.
How do I get a stop sign installed on my street?
Stop signs are installed at intersections where traffic on one street should have priority over traffic on another. On streets with very low traffic volumes, stop signs are not normally installed because the Minnesota right of way rule – yield to the vehicle on the right – generally works well.
If you have a question on whether or not your street needs a stop sign, please call the Public Works Street Maintenance Division at 763-509-5950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I report a street light that is out?
Street lights are the responsibility of the electric utility company. Plymouth is served by two electric utility companies – Xcel Energy and Wright-Hennepin Electric. Click on the link to your power company below to report a street light out:
Weekdays - Report to the Public Works Street Maintenance Division at 763-509-5950 or email email@example.com. Staff will determine whether the state, county or city is responsible for the signal. Staff will promptly notify the appropriate agency so that the problem may be corrected.
Weekends & After Business Hours – Report to Public Safety Dispatch at 952-258-5321.
How does snowplowing affect parking on city streets?
After a snowfall of 2 ½ inches or more, on-street parking is prohibited until the street has been plowed curb-to-curb. Violators may be tagged and towed.
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How long will these new streets last?
With proper preventative maintenance – periodic seal coating and mill and overlay – the new streets are expected to last 40 to 50 years.
What are the parking restrictions of city streets?
Parking is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. year-round on streets.
What is reconstruction?
Reconstructing city streets involves a comprehensive analysis of all city infrastructure within the project area. A typical project includes:
Rebuilding the top two feet of the street section.
The addition of storm sewer to ensure storm water can be conveyed properly.
The addition or replacement of barrier style concrete curb and gutter throughout the entire project area.
Analysis of the watermain and sanitary sewer systems to determine if replacement or rehabilitation is necessary.
Restoration of boulevards with sod, driveways (with like materials), sprinkler systems, dog fences and mailboxes disturbed during construction.
Water quality best management practices (BMPs) are reviewed.
Generally, the soils under the pavement are unsuitable. Plymouth has soils that are mostly clay. They trap water, causing the pavement to shift, resulting in cracks and pot holes. When a street is reconstructed, sand and drain tile are incorporated to properly convey subsurface water to the storm sewer system. Other projects such as overlays and seal coating would only be temporary fixes on these streets.
Will my property be disturbed?
These projects typically stay within the city's right of way and may impact between 5 to10 feet of the boulevard behind the existing pavement. Any boulevards disturbed are restored with sod. Any flowers, trees or landscaping that are located in the right of way that are impacted will not be replaced by the city.