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Upgrades Slated for Seven Maplewood Streets

Next year's budget calls for improvements to the streets, pending Maplewood City Council approval.

Seven Maplewood streets have been targeted for upgrades in the upcoming fiscal year.

The city budgeted $700,000 to improve Williams, Canterbury, Margarette, Madge, Lyle, Valley (from Bredell to Lohmeyer avenues) and Walter (James to Elm avenues) avenues. City staff presented the $17.5 million budget to Maplewood City Council during a workshop on Tuesday.

Council is scheduled to vote on the budget during its July 12 meeting. The budget doesn't call for a higher property tax rate in 2011-12.

(See more on Patch: Maplewood Budget Calls for Higher Revenues and 2011-12 Maplewood Budget, By the Numbers)

Yale Avenue might see an improvement this year too. The road requires more work than most streets and is projected to cost $1 million.

The reserve fund would supply half of the costs while the other half  would come from money reimbursed by the federal government for another project. The city will spend roughly $600,000 this summer to between Big Bend Boulevard and Bredell Avenue, but a federal grant will reimburse 70 percent of the cost.

If the reimbursement arrives in time, then the city could begin the Yale Project this year.

The budget cycle started on July 1 and ends next June.

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