The Rexburg City Council approved the creation of a local public improvement project Wednesday.
Resolution No. 2015 – 03, which entails the creation of the Local Improvement District No. 45, was approved after Keith Davidson, the City Engineer, reveiewed the plan.
The resolution will begin construction and installation of many public improvements, such as new sewagelines and waterlines, Davidson said.
Davidson said that the project will place handicap spaces at Porter Park, which it currently lacks.
Davidson said improvements included renewing and extending the sidewalks and pathways in the southeast corner of Porter Park from 4 inches to 7 inches.
The project primarily will place the new waterlines under Second North and Center Street and between Center Street and Second East.
These will replace the old sewage and service lines, mostly to the homes of Rexburg residents.
The waterlines will also replace the wood sporting them, which have been rotting, causing a slight safety concern.
Davidson explained that the each new service line would cost approximately $1,000.
He did not mention how many would actually be installed.
The city will send letters to residents’ houses affected by these improvements describing what will happen and cost options.
Davidson said several complaints of a local resident, complained that the sidewalks are too small.
He presented a slideshow of the sidewalks earlier last year before the snow came to show their size.
Richard Woodland, mayor of the city of Rexburg said the sidewalks should be made wider becuase many students use them.
Most of those students are tenants of the BYU-Idaho approved, off-campus housing such as Hemming Village and North Point.
Council Member Jordan Busby said the Traffic and Safety Commitee had recently discussed issues of broken streetlights in Rexburg.
Busby said the streetlights in front of The Ivy apartments have been left unattended for a long period of time.
Davidson said the streetlights outside The Ivy have been out for at least a month.
He said the city electrician has observed the broken streetlights.
Davidson said he would contact the city electrician to follow on the situation of the broken street lights.
“I think that’s just an accident waiting to happen,” Busby said. “It is pitch black there.”