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The contractor, T.A. Schifsky & Sons, will replace deteriorated pavement and sidewalks and repair stormwater drainage problems. Some pedestrian features that don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act also will be fixed.

Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Newport

City to raise sewer, streetlight rates

Homeowners will see their sewer rates rise $2 annually for the next five years, city officials said.

Sewer rates will increase to $4.25 per REU, or residential equivalent unit, council members announced at a meeting on Aug. 15. Streetlight rates will also go up: Residential customers started paying $7.25 per REU this month. That rate will climb to $7.61 in 2014, then to $7.99 in 2015, $8.39 in 2016, $8.81 in 2017 and $9.25 in 2017.

A 2012 study of water and sewer rates showed that the city wouldn’t be able to finance capital improvement projects and maintenance at the current rates.

Beginning in January 2014, water rates will increase to $4.25, then $6.25 the following year, $8.25 in 2016 and $10.25 in 2017.

St. Paul Park

Heritage Park courts to be refurbished

St. Paul Park plans to refurbish the Heritage Park tennis courts, officials announced this month. The two courts will be resurfaced with VersaCourt Elite tile, and one of the courts will be converted into a basketball court, according to City Administrator Kevin Walsh. The other court will be painted for tennis and pickle ball, a hybrid game of ping-pong and tennis played with two to four players using wooden paddles and a Wiffle-like ball.

“They’ve been talking about it for quite some time, because the tennis courts had been in disrepair for years,” Walsh said. “Initially, they’d been talking about just patching and repair.”

At its Aug. 5 meeting, the City Council approved a quote by Dermco-LaVine Construction Co., of Minneapolis, for $65,000 to refinish the courts, Walsh said. The project will be paid for by city funds, he said.

“I think what the big advantage is is that it’s not as expensive as redoing the tennis courts,” he said. “If something happens to one of the tiles, you can actually snap it out and put a new one back in … you don’t have to redo the whole thing. It’s almost like square carpeting.”

Woodbury

City now posting videos on YouTube

The city of Woodbury now has its own YouTube channel to connect with residents. It includes videos from Public Safety, Woodbury Days, Parks and Recreation, Heritage Society and more. Visit www.youtube.com/CityofWoodburyMN.

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