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home : news : this week's news May 26, 2016

4/18/2013 12:08:00 PM
Windom opts against seal coating

Windom officials had good intentions of addressing seal coat concerns on four streets, but Winter Storm Wilda had other ideas.

At Tuesday's meeting, Windom Street Superintendent Bruce Caldwell recommended that the city not pursue seal coating in 2013. Caldwell indicated that the streets certainly need seal coating, but added that waiting one more year should not make a huge difference.

"We would like to hold off on it and use a portion of those funds, if needed, for the clean-up," Caldwell told the council.

Caldwell told the council that the street department will need to get aggressive on seal coating in the coming years. The last time many of Windom's streets were seal coated was in 2001. He added that seal coating should occur every 10 years.

"The cost factor to do seal coating has gone through the roof," Caldwell said. "We are not doing near the number of streets that we did in the past, not even close. Twenty years ago, we could have done three times as many streets for the same money."

The council approved a motion to not seal coat streets in 2013, as originally planned. Plans are for the council to carry over funds from the 2013 street budget to help fund additional seal coating in 2014.

Streets that were under consideration for seal coating included:
• 16th St. from Highway 71 to 3rd Ave.
• River Road, from 13th St. to 6th Ave.
•3rd Ave. from 1st St. to Highway 60-71.
• 1st Ave., from 6th St. to 12th St.
• Lakeview Ave., from 6th St. to 10th St.


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