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Perham street improvements set to begin next week

Perham City Engineer Jade Berube recently announced that road construction will begin on Monday, Aug. 8.

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Signage for road construction will be set up on Monday, Aug. 8.
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PERHAM — As of this week, a tentative starting date for Perham's 2022-23 street improvement plan has been set, as discussed at the Perham Committee of the Whole meeting on the evening of Wednesday, July 27.

City Engineer Jade Berube said that on Monday, Aug. 8, signage will be set up in preparation for construction, and removals and replacements of utilities will begin. This includes removing pavement, curb and gutter, driveways, and sidewalks. Some trees will be removed to install water and sewer.

According to Berube, construction will begin with the First Avenue North (County Highway Eight) portion of the project, from Third Street to the north side of the cemetery on Eighth Street (Mosquito Heights Road).

A detour will be ready to go as of the first day of set-up. Berube said people who enter Perham on the county road should be aware of a detour that will shift them a block to the east, onto Second Avenue Northeast. Signage will point drivers in the right direction.

Several deliveries will be arriving throughout the next few weeks, before construction progresses, Berube reported. If work and deliveries are completed quickly, then the Pinewood Lane portion will be the second section of the project worked on in 2022.

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Berube will compile construction updates via email for community members. If you have any questions or want to be added to the email list, contact Berube at jade.berube@apexenggroup.com or Perham City Engineer Jonathan Smith at jsmith@cityofperham.com .

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This map shows the areas that will be worked on in the upcoming street and utility rehabilitation project.
Contributed / Apex Engineering

At the meeting, councilors also discussed:

  • The city's contribution of funds toward public parking to be constructed at JP Place , the combination retail and apartment complex to be located on East Main Street, where the old Bongards retail store once stood.
  • The PACC's use of its the back entrance, starting on Aug. 8, to allow for construction.
  • Otter Tail County Community Development Director Amy Baldwin's request for the city to consider formally electing to participate in the EDA in the future, with a goal of creating additional housing in support of workforce needs. The committee said they will discuss this prior to making any official decisions.

The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8 at 5:15 p.m., and the next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 5:15 p.m.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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