The City of Hutchinson has many roles in the initiation, development and/or construction of Improvement Projects within the Hutchinson area.
The City’s Engineering Department manages the utility and street construction programs for the City. The following sections describe how projects are selected and assessed, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), lists current and potential future projects, and provides other information.
Assessment rates are spread based on state law and City policies and procedures. We have developed an Assessment Policy manual that outlines the general policies and procedures for this effort.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
All pavements have a finite life of 25 – 35 years. Streets not constructed to full standards or subject to other conditions may not last as long. Well constructed roads may last longer, depending on the timing and extent of maintenance projects. Sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer may last anywhere from 35 to 75 years or longer, depending on many factors (pipe materials, soil and installation conditions, construction standards, etc.).
See the section on Project Selection below. We also develop a very rough plan for the next 5-Year period. Please review the Proposed 5-Year CIP section below.
The property owner is responsible for improvements placed in the boulevard areas along streets. It is the responsibility of the property owner to locate and protect any sprinkler systems, invisible pet fencing, sump pump lines or other items placed in the boulevard. Replacement of standard landscaping (trees, lawns, etc.) will generally be completed by the City as part of the project, however, the City may determine that some landscaping items exceed standards and require property owner involvement (some retaining walls, shrubs, concrete borders, landscape bricks and blocks, private lights or monuments, etc.).
The City uses many criteria for selecting when and how to complete reconstruction of municipal utility and street improvements. See also the site describing Infrastructure Resource Management to review the data developed and utilized for Project Selection.
They include, but are not limited to:
All city streets are inspected, measured and categorized:
- Type and quantity of cracking
- Thickness and age of street
- Strength of street (non-destructive testing)
- Maintenance effort for street
- Information is analyzed and ranked through PM program
- A Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 0 to 100 is developed for cracking and visual inspection information.
- City average PCI ranking is about 70
- PCI ranking is compared to age, strength (non-destructive testing) and other criteria. Ranking may be revised or adjusted based on this analysis.
General Maintenance/Construction Strategy
0-35 – Reconstruction
35-60 – Structural Overlay (generally thick overlay w/milling
60-70 – Thin Overlay/Intensive Patching/Seal Coat
70-90 – Crack Sealing
90+ – Non-needed
The sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main systems in the street and/or right-of-way is reviewed based on several factors:
- Televising of sanitary sewer lines (infiltration, broken pipe, etc.)
- Ability to provide fire protection (water system)
- Potential environmental/safety concerns
- Under-designed sanitary sewer or storm sewer
- Quantity of service/lateral repairs
- Record of problems and concern
- Target Tax levy debt to control level of impact on property taxes
- Prioritize corridors for new development
• South Area
• East and NE Areas
• North-Central and NW
- Utilize Resource Allocation Council to verify program
• Includes City Administrator, Finance Director, Director of Engineering/Public Works, Director of Planning/Zoning/Building, EDA Director, HRA Director, Council Rep.
- Develop alternatives for funding
• “429” Funding to be limited to highest rated projects
• Utilize “Recapture” agreements with Developers
• TIF will follow strict guidelines
• Projects utilizing seceding years’ funding to include interest, financing and bond issuance costs
• Balance use of Municipal State Aid street funds with assessments
• Utilize state and federal grants where available
- Utilize Appropriate Trunk and other Fees
• Establish rates and process for collecting Sanitary Sewer and Water main Access Charges (SAC/WAC) and Storm Water Utility
Proposed 5-Year CIP (Capital Improvement Plan)
Using the Project Selection criteria above, the City develops a 5-Year CIP outlining the potential projects that may be completed over the next 5-Year period.
The CIP is only a rough plan as to these projects, and should be generally seen as an indicator, or rough proposal, of when a project may be completed.
It is not a guarantee that a project will be done, and does not indicate all projects that may be completed in that time frame. This plan changes dramatically on a year-by-year basis based on financial and political considerations, feasibility, prioritization or other factors. Please contact the Engineering Department if you would like more information regarding a project.