Chestnut Street meetings scheduled

Chestnut Street meetings scheduled by David Lias Chestnut Street will be the topic of two public meetings scheduled next week at the Vermillion Public Library.

The meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Vermillion Public Library.

Mayor Roger Kozak will provide a presentation of information about�the project. would appear.

One of the issues Vermillion citizens will be making at the polls in November is whether to uphold the Vermillion City Council�s condemnation of private property needed to construct planned improvements to the street.

The council voted to condemn the property needed by the city last April.

That decision was quickly referred to a public vote, however, by citizens who collected an adequate number of signatures to place the question on November�s ballot.

The Vermillion City Council agreed in December 2000 to seek bids for the street improvement project. It was estimated at that time the work may cost as much as $1.3 million.

The portion of street under scrutiny is approximately one-half mile in length, and provides a link between Dakota and University streets.

The estimated $1.3 million price tag for the project will be funded by $600,000 of city sales tax revenue, money from the the state of South Dakota, and Vermillion�s share of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds.

The lion�s share of the cost � approximately $900,000 � will be used to construct a retaining wall south of Chestnut Street between the railroad tracks.

The wall is required by the railroad before the city can fill in the slope by the tracks to widen the street to 28 feet.

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