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Concrete will be removed from Driesner Park

From staff reports

A permit has been granted for concrete to be dug out of the area west of Driesner Park.

Ulland Bros. will dig up the concrete that was buried there in the late 1970s when the Minnesota Department of Transportation was rebuilding Oakland Avenue.

City ordinances now forbid filling flood plain areas with concrete, but the practice was allowed back then, according to city engineer Jon Erichson.

Ulland Bros. will remove the material, crush it and use it for construction. Once the area is cleared, the flood plain will be restored.

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The contractor will use city property for stockpiling the material as it's dug out. In exchange, Ulland Bros. will remove sidewalks, curbs and bituminous streets on Third Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast.

The work is part of the city's flood mitigation program and will be a savings of about $12,000 to $15,000 for the city.

When completed, the city will fix and restore the street, and the area will become part of the city's Linear Park System.

The work will begin in May.

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