City of Blue Earth Holds Public Hearing on 2022 Street Projects

A number of Blue Earth Area residents turned out to the Blue Earth Public Safety Center Monday Evening for a public hearing on the City of Blue Earth’s 2022 Street and Utility Improvements Project.

Blue Earth City Engineer Wes Brown gave a formal presentation on the project, which has a total estimated cost of just over $5.1 million.  After the public hearing, a resolution was adopted authorizing the city to proceed with the proposed improvements and to solicit bids for the project.

Brown says he was glad to see such a great turnout at the hearing, a sure sign that residents are curious to see what lies ahead for the City of Blue Earth.

If all goes according to plan, construction work for the project would begin in May of 2022, with the work to be completed in the fall.

City Engineer Wes Brown also presented layout options for a proposed tennis court improvement project at Putnam Park.  The Council discussed possible options for upgrading the current tennis court facilities at Putnam Park, with the proposal to also possibly include adding Basketball and Pickleball courts as part of the overall project.  A recommendation was made for the issue to be referred back to the Tennis Court Committee for further review and to see how the Blue Earth Area School District decides to proceed with the matter from its own point of view as well.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, the Council also gave its initial approval to two separate ordinances formally allowing for a single lot within the Prairie View Addition to be divided into two different lots as a means of legally resolving a land boundary dispute.

The Council also approved a grant contract agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to provide funding assistance to the City of Blue Earth for general maintenance and overall operation of the City Airport.