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The City of Chanhassen is responsible for the upkeep of 112 miles of city streets and 60 miles of trails. Since the start of the PMP in 1991, the city has made a commitment to provide residents with a systematic program of street and trail rehabilitation and repair in order to assure that the city streets and trails are serviceable, safe, functional, and provide a cost-effective approach to meet the needs of our residents. The City of Chanhassen’s PMP strives to expend taxpayer funds to ensure the most value for residents.Every mile of street and trail is inspected every three years. Distresses such as potholes, cracking, rutting, etc. are entered into a computerized program to calculate a pavement condition numeric value. Streets that are new and have no distresses have a value of 100, while streets that have completely deteriorated have a value of 0. For the past 10 years, the city’s overall pavement network value has been around 70 and is considered to be in good condition. The pavement condition values assist staff in developing a list of streets and trails that are in need of maintenance. The goal of the program is to “do the right maintenance at the right time” so costly improvement projects can be delayed as long as possible.
Every City has a franchise agreement with each utility company (gas, electric, etc.) for their use/rent of cityowned right-of-way for their business purposes.
While not technically considered a “tax”, this is a new dedicated revenue source for the city which would be collected from utility users in Chanhassen; it will have the same effect as a tax. However, it is not levied in the way a property tax is levied, given that franchise fees are not tied to the value of a property. Thus, all single-family homes would pay the same amount toward the PMP assuming they have both gas and electric services. Specifically, franchise fees are a method of collecting funds from utility companies who use city rights-of-way. These funds are typically passed directly through to all commercial businesses, tax-exempt properties, and residents that use the street and trail systems.
The franchise fees would be set aside in a dedicated fund and will be used solely for expenditures related to the PMP projects such as street overlays and reconstruction, and trail improvement projects.
Minnesota State Statutes allow for a city to impose a fee on a utility company for its use of publicly owned right-of-way (MN State Statute 216.36). Many cities throughout the state have adopted franchise fee ordinances to help pay for roadways and trails. For example, within Hennepin County, 87% of the population pay franchise fees to the utility companies that are passed through to the specific cities. The majority of these cities utilize this revenue source for their related PMP.
Charges for residential customers could range between $4 and $6 per electric and gas bills every month with a total being $8 to $12 for both electric and gas. Commercial and other properties would be charged at a separate rate. This fee would generate approximately $2.25 million annually. City Council and staff are considering all costs be split equally between residential and commercial properties.
No. The City is proposing to eliminate the assessment practice if franchise fees are approved. Street projects would be funded through franchise fees and the levy.
Yes, the fees are charged by electric and gas meters and you will pay the standard residential fee. The fee pays for your use and maintenance of the public city streets and trails.
The City is planning to review the fee every five years. It is not anticipated that the fee will need to be adjusted in the near term.
More information about the proposed Franchise Fee can be found on the City’s website at www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/franchise.
The roadway is currently in poor condition and needs to be upgraded to current design standards including the installation of curb and gutter and a storm sewer system.
No additional thru traffic lanes are proposed north of West 78th Street. Additional turn lanes may be added at some intersections and the study is also investigating other potential intersection improvements including roundabouts and enhanced pedestrian crossings. Paved shoulders are also being considered.
The current speed limit between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road is 45 MPH. The speed limit north of Lake Lucy Road is 40 MPH. The study will evaluate if the speed limits can be lowered.
Construction is currently scheduled for 2022.
The preliminary design study will enable the City of Chanhassen and Carver County to determine the scope and estimated cost of the improvements, and allow the City and County to begin to develop a proposed funding plan for the project. The study will also help the City better plan for future development along the corridor.
Yes, trail improvements are included as a part of this study. It is anticipated that the project will include trails along both sides of Galpin Boulevard between Highway 5 and Lake Lucy Road. The preliminary design study will further investigate possible sidewalk and trail improvements north of Lake Lucy Road.
No assessments to property owners are proposed. Funding for the project will come from County and City funds. City funds will primarily come from the Municipal State Aid fund that the City receives from the State of Minnesota gas tax proceeds. This section of Galpin Boulevard is currently owned and operated by Carver County. Once Galpin Boulevard is reconstructed, the roadway will be turned over to the City for operations and maintenance.
You will have access (i.e. you can access your driveway) for a majority of the project. Detours and side street closures may be necessary. For properties that have direct access to Galpin Boulevard, the only time you will not have direct access is when utilities are being constructed in front of your home or when new curb and gutter is being cured (typically 3 days).
Ages 12- 14 years:10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday11 p.m. - 5 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Ages 15 - 17 years:11 p.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday - Thursday12:01 a.m. - 5 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Please contact our Park Superintendent, Adam Beers at 952-227-1300 or via email.
Please review our annual Water Quality Report.
This is the water shut-off valve to your home. Seasonal settling can cause the valve (sometimes referred to as a curb box) to stick up above the surrounding ground and become a problem for lawn mowing or driving if it is in your driveway. Please contact the Utility Department at 952-227-1300.
To eliminate smelly water caused by your water heater, turn your hot water heater up to high for several hours (150-160 degrees). This should kill the sulfur bacteria. Then flush your system, especially your water heater. Also, the magnesium rod can be replaced with an aluminum one, or removed completely. If you live on a dead-end line or in an area with just a few homes, we recommend calling the City Water Department at 952-227-1300 so that the lines can be flushed to assure that there is chlorine present to kill the hydrogen sulfide odor.
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