March 21, 2014
NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED ASSESSMENT
March 21, 2014
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Notice is hereby given that the City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the Professional Development Room of the Marshall Middle School located at 401 South Saratoga Street in Marshall, Minnesota, to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessments for the following improvements at the following locations:
Project Z00: West Lyon Street / North 7th Street Reconstruction Project -- This project involved the replacement of watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities, and street reconstruction. The proposed project will reconstruct the street and the described utilities on West Lyon Street from North 6th Street to the Burlington Northern Railroad property and North 7th Street from West Main Street to West Marshall Street. The proposed assessment roll is on file for public inspection at the City Clerk's office. The total estimated project cost is $1,008,400, with a proposed estimated assessment to benefitting property owners in the amount of $215,700.
Project Z15: Elm Street / North 4th Street Area Sanitary Sewer and Watermain Replacement Project -- This project involved the replacement of the watermain on Elm Street from North 3rd Street to North 4th Street, the watermain on North 4th Street from Elm Street to Whitney Street, the sanitary sewer in the rear yards within the block surrounded by Elm Street, North 4th Street and Whitney Street, and the reconstruction of Elm Street from North 3rd Street to North 4th Street. The proposed assessment roll is on file for public inspection at the City Clerk's office. The total estimated project cost is $516,900, with a proposed estimated assessment to benefitting property owners in the amount of $56,000.
Such assessments are proposed to be payable in equal annual installments extending over a period of eight (8) years, the first of the installments to be payable on or before the first Monday in January 2015, and shall bear interest at the rate of four and three-tenths percent (4.3%) per annum from October 15, 2014. To the first installment shall be added interest on the entire assessment from October 15, 2014 through December 31, 2015. To each subsequent installment when due shall be added interest for one year on all unpaid installments.
You may at any time prior to certification of the assessment to the County Auditor, pay the entire assessment on such property, with interest accrued from October 15, 2014 to the date of payment, to the City Clerk/Financial Director. No interest shall be charged if the entire assessment is paid by October 15, 2014. In all succeeding years, you may pay to the City Clerk/Financial Director the entire amount of the assessment remaining unpaid before October 15 or interest will be charged through December 31 of the succeeding year. If you decide not to prepay the assessment before the date given above, the rate of interest that will apply is four and three-tenths percent (4.3%) per year. The right to partially prepay the assessment to the City Clerk/Financial Director according to Ordinance No. 364, Second Series, is available.
The proposed assessment roll is on file for public inspection at the City Clerk's office.
Written or oral objections will be considered at the meeting. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of an assessment unless a written objection signed by the affected property owner is filed with the City Clerk prior to the assessment hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the hearing. The City Council may upon such notice consider any objection to the amount of a proposed individual assessment at an adjourned meeting upon such further notice to the affected property owners as it deems advisable.
If an assessment is contested or there is an adjourned hearing, the following procedure will be followed:
1. The City will present its case first by calling witnesses who may testify by narrative or by examination, and by the introduction of exhibits. After each witness has testified, the contesting party will be allowed to ask questions. This procedure will be repeated with each witness until neither side has further questions.
2. After the City has presented all its evidence, the objector may call witnesses or present such testimony as the objector desires. The same procedure for questioning of the City's witnesses will be followed with the objector's witnesses.
3. The objector may be represented by counsel.
4. Minnesota rules of evidence will not be strictly applied; however, they may be considered and argued to the City Council as to the weight of items of evidence or testimony presented to the City Council.
5. The entire proceedings will be tape-recorded (video-taped).
6. At the close of presentation of evidence, the objector may make a final presentation to the City Council based on the evidence and the law. No new evidence may be presented at this point.
7. The City Council may adopt the proposed assessment at the hearing.
An owner my appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or Clerk of the City within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court within ten days after service upon the Mayor or Clerk.
Under Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 to 435.195, the City Council, may in its discretion, defer the payment of this special assessment for any homestead property owned by a person 65 years of age or older for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments. When deferment of the special assessment has been granted and is terminated for any reason provided in that law, all amounts accumulated plus applicable interest become due. Any assessed property owner meeting the requirements of this law and the ordinance adopted under it may, within 30 days of the confirmation of the assessment, apply to the City Clerk for the prescribed form for such deferral of payment of this special assessment on his property.
Dated this 21st day of March, 2014
Thomas M. Meulebroeck
City Clerk/Financial Director