Breckenridge Water Treatment Plant
As of October 1st, the New water plant has been the primary water producing facility for the city. The chemical feeding software has been fully debugged and the system ramps up and down based on the water flow. Currently, the plant runs at 700 gallons per minute (gpm) giving us one million gallons per day capacity. Currently, the city demand is around 240K to 280K gallons per day. The plant first started producing water back in mid-July. It has run several days a week during the debug and optimization phase contributing water to our overall distribution system and providing relief to the old plant.
It has been a great project and is now time to get it into production full time. Cheers!
Neil Crocker, Director of Public Services
New camper/RV spots in Welles Memorial Park. Electric & water hook-ups are installed throughout the park. Campground reservation are available through City Hall (218)643-1431. For more information and photos of the sites
Street Repair Process
The following information is intended to help inform Breckenridge citizens of the process being used to prioritize street maintenance and repairs:
In 2016, an Engineering firm (Widseth, Smith and Nolting) was hired to perform an assessment of every street and avenue in the city of Breckenridge. The assessment was very thorough and produced a map that is color coded for ease of understanding. The map shows each street and avenue in the city with an assigned color. The Map Key in the upper right-hand corner shows six different colors with a description for each. The city officials have further simplified the map into 3 colors: Green, Blue and Red.
Blue = thin overlay
Green = potential mill and overlay
Red = total reconstruct
The current efforts are to keep the Blue and Green streets/avenues from becoming Red. This is why you are seeing some streets getting repaved even though other streets are in worse condition. Those streets that are Red (needing total reconstruct) will cost quite a bit more to repair, and we are still working through the various funding source options. In the near term, efforts are being focused on repairing the streets/avenues that are still able to be salvaged with mill and/or overlay. The map is considered a guideline, but there may be some circumstances where some deviation from the map may be warranted based on current observations.
The funding currently being used for mill and overlay street projects is coming from the general fund. This means that all tax payers share in the cost of maintaining the streets, as all tax payers use the streets.
On the streets/avenues requiring total reconstruct, if water and/or sewer are replaced, home owners on that street/avenue will likely be assessed for a portion of the water and sewer.
If you have specific questions regarding your street or Avenue, feel free to reach out to City Hall at 218-643-4681
Neil Crocker, Director of Public Services Renae Smith, City Administrator
Highway 75 Path
If you haven’t taken a stroll on the new Highway 75 pedestrian path, this would be a great time. Now that the new water treatment plant is nearly finished, the pedestrian path has been reopened for public use. The 1.15-mile path starts at Veteran’s Park /Family Community Center and takes you to CHI St. Francis. This path is 10 foot-wide, family friendly, and ADA compliant so that people of all ages and physical abilities can use it.
Breckenridge Public Utility crews have been working hard on the installation of security lighting, which was made possible in part from an Otto Bremer Foundation grant. Thank you, Otto Bremer!! The targeted completion date is October 18th. With the installation of lighting, the path will not only be more useable 24 hours a day but will also be a welcoming entrance to the City. Benches will also be installed along the path in the near future.
Research shows that exercise and being outside can improve mood and overall health. It’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall while going for a walk on the path!
Safe Routes to School
This project will begin in June 2019 and be completed in August 2022. This project is a complete system around the schools. This will include new sidewalks, parking lot NW of school, street crossing and painting, ADA compliant crossings, speed feedback signs, beacons, push-button crossings, auto gate for circle drive and more. The Breckenridge Active Living Committee has received a Transportation Alternative Grant for $225,000 to help with the funding of this project.