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Sun City Lincoln Hills agreement to pave way for sidewalk repair

By: Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger Reporter
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Sun City Lincoln Hills residents on Blue Heron Lane between Song Sparrow Lane and Warbler Lane may finally see a portion of sidewalk riddled with cracks repaired. For the past five years, the city of Lincoln and Del Webb have been working on a resolution to repair a portion of sidewalk in Village 24D that consists of cracks. City Councilmen will decide at Tuesday’s meeting if the city will terminate a development agreement for Sun City Lincoln Hills between the city and Pulte Home Corporation, the successor in ? interest to Del Webb. As part of that agreement, funding will be used by Pulte to repair that portion of sidewalk. A cost estimate is not yet determined, according to city officials. Pulte will hire a contractor to make that determination and do the work. In addition to completing the sidewalk replacement, Pulte will be required to deposit $15,000 with the city for costs incurred that include, but are not limited to, field marking, compaction testing, inspections and community communications costs. Pulte has not agreed to make any other sidewalk repairs anywhere in Sun City Lincoln Hills, according to a city staff report. The development agreement for infrastructure costs has been in place since 1998. Pulte made a request to terminate the development agreement for Sun City Lincoln Hills as part of a process to outline what items are left to complete. Sun City Lincoln Hills executive director Bob Cook said the agreement “doesn’t affect the average Sun City Lincoln Hills resident.” It “is just a cost sharing agreement between Pulte and the city of Lincoln,” according to Cook. Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short said this would be the closing out of an agreement in place since April 15, 1998. He said the agreement would include an accounting of all costs necessary to close the account. City Council members delayed voting on the agreement at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting because they wanted a better explanation of the financial parts of the agreement. Short was not present when the discussion took place because he had to leave to attend an emergency meeting in Auburn regarding the city of Lincoln’s wastewater treatment plant. As part of the agreement, the city would acknowledge it owes Pulte $893,802.06. That amount would be minus $173,433. Pulte is responsible to fund the future construction of one-half the median costs for the portion of Ferrari Ranch Road between Highway 65 and Highway 193 that is currently only two lanes. The city and Pulte would agree that the city estimated the cost for the required improvements is $173,433. When the city pays Pulte, Pulte will take a portion of the money to pay for sidewalk repair and replacement on Blue Heron Loop between Song Sparrow Lane and Warbler Lane. Of the 4,814 linear feet of sidewalk in the section, about 3,469 linear feet of the sidewalk includes a crack which parallels the street. Lincoln Councilman Tom Cosgrove asked Lincoln’s director of public services Mark Miller about how much involved infrastructure of the roughly 6,800 homes built by Del Webb. Miller said the original amount was $680 million and now that amount is down to $170,000 to close out the agreement. The remaining parts of the agreement involve the above mentioned median for the Ferrari Ranch Road interchange, interest earnings over 14 years related to the construction of the wastewater treatment and reclamation facility, over-sizing of the wastewater interceptor pipe, Pulte’s right to reimbursement for the funding of the wastewater treatment and reclamation facility oversizing, and Pulte’s right to sell 127 unused wastewater connections or sewer equivalent dwelling units.