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(Updated: 01-29-2020) The City Council accepted the conveyance of the public improvements offered by Woods Construction and Development on a unanimous vote.

(Original Story: 01-27-2020)

A drawing showing the public right-of-way and easements related to Phase 1 public improvements for Woods Estates of Riverdale. (click to enlarge)

Tuesday evening, at its regular meeting, the City Council of Riverdale will consider accepting the “public improvements” associated with the first phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdvision. This means the City will receive and promise to maintain the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and street paving construction as part of the overall infrastructure for Riverdale. Not included in the conveyance at this time are the outlots (A and B) and detention basins located adjacent to the first phase.

Acceptance of the public improvements makes the intersection and first part of Madison Drive, Gwenyth Way and Mason Lane “city streets” that Riverdale will need to maintain and anyone who moves into homes on those streets will receive the same services (i.e. garbage/recycling pick-up, street cleaning and snow plowing) that all other Riverdale residents receive.

With the first homes currently under construction, it’s entirely possible people could be living in Woods Estates by during the second half of this year.

Notes and Conditions

There are certain conditions the developer needed to meet in order to hand over the streets and infrastructure to the City. As spelled out in the Development Agreement between Riverdale and Woods Construction & Development, those conditions are:

The sub-contractors who installed the sewers, built the roads, etc. need to stand behind their work for two years. That guarantee is provided in the form of a Maintenance Bond worth approximately $900k. Additionally, KE Flatwork, the sub-contractor who did the road paving will provide an additional, 2-year guarantee on a portion of Madison Drive that was not completely inspected prior to final paving to ensure no settling that might cause cracking or other problems with the road.

Woods Construction needed to show evidence that all costs related to the construction and installation of the public improvements were paid. Seth Woods provided waivers from all of his sub-contractors showing payment in full.

The construction of the public improvements needed to be completed in compliance with engineering drawings supplied and ok’d by the City. The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reviewed the work against the approved drawings and provided a written opinion to the City that the work did, in fact, meet the requirements set forth in those plans and drawings.

Finally, Woods needed to promise to finish striping the road and marking the intersection with lanes once weather permitted this spring. Everyone agreed that trying to stripe/paint during the winter would be ineffective.