The city proposes to resurface all streets in the Salem Meadows and Erin Court neighborhoods. The condition of the curbs will also be evaluated for replacement, if necessary.
The city is studying trails and sidewalks in the Salem Meadows and Erin Court neighborhoods to reduce gaps in the network, improve safety and increase connectivity to the city’s trail system. The city is requesting feedback from the neighborhood regarding options for potential future trails and sidewalks within, and adjacent to the neighborhoods.
The properties within the Salem Meadows and Erin Court neighborhoods are not currently served by public utilities. The city is studying opportunities to provide city sanitary sewer and water main service as a part of the 2023 Roadway Rehabilitation Project. Our understanding is a number of septic systems may be nearing the end of their service life and may require investment in their replacement, which makes the timing of city sanitary sewer service considerations appropriate with the project planning. If City water is provided, the City would be responsible for providing water which meets all current MDH requirements. Septic systems have the potential to pollute water bodies, land and may contaminate groundwater. If included in the project, the City would be responsible for installation of the sanitary sewer and water main to each property line; however, homeowners would be responsible for installation and connection of services from their homes to the sanitary sewer and water main at the property line.
If public utilities are provided, residents would be responsible for all costs associated with connecting their homes to city utility stubs provided at the property line near the roadway and may include grinder stations for sanitary sewer connections. A grinder station is a system that pumps wastewater from a septic tank to the City’s sanitary pipe. Costs for each homeowner to connect will vary significantly, but are estimated to range between $15,000 and $30,000. Residents interested in better understanding these costs are encouraged to consult a plumbing contractor that is experienced in this work. The city is requesting feedback from residents regarding the desire for public utility service to their property. If public utilities are not installed with this project, they likely would not be considered again until future infrastructure projects will enable their installation in coordination with future roadway work.
Some residents have contacted the city with concerns regarding PFAS in groundwater. To learn more about the water quality in Woodbury and to see the most current well water quality, visit the PFAS page.
Special assessments are a charge imposed on properties for a particular improvement that benefits the owners of those selected properties. They are a levy a city uses to finance, or partially finance, a particular public improvement. The amount of the charge bears a direct relationship to the value of the benefit the property receives. Assessments amounts will be estimated once the final project scope is determined. Assessments may increase if utilities are included in the project. Initial estimated assessment amounts based on a 2017 feasibility study are listed below for single-family homes based on the following scenarios:
- Road rehabilitation only: $5,000-$6,500
- Road rehabilitation with pedestrian facilities: $5,000-$6,500
- Road rehabilitation with utilities: $22,000-25,000 plus connection costs ($15,000-30,000)
- Road rehabilitation with utilities and pedestrian facilities: $22,000-$25,000 plus connection costs ($15,000-30,000)
Please note: these are estimates only and may change after the project scope is determined and preliminary reports are prepared updating the estimated cost and scope of the project. The average cost to replace a septic system is approximately $23,000 based on estimates provided by Washington County.