City to receive $12.6 million in infrastructure grants from the state
Posted on 4/26/2012
The City and region have approval for millions of dollars in flood impact aid, as the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands agreed today on infrastructure development grants for the state.
The City of Minot will receive grants totaling $12.6 million to assist in a variety of flood recovery projects, including:
- Property acquisition for homes damaged by temporary dikes/levees, $.75 million - Repairs to sewer lift (pumping) stations, $4.05 million - Completion of the Puppy Dog sewer expansion in south Minot, $.65 million - Expansion of the Minot landfill, $2.15 million - Expansion of sanitary sewer lines in north Minot, $5 million
The only project requested by Minot that did not receive funding was for elevated water towers in the City. The Department of Trust Lands grants will pay up to 50 percent of the total amount required for individual projects; in total the five projects that received partial funding from the state will cost roughly $37.5 million.
"With these grant funds from the state we will be able to move forward this year, in a big way, on critical infrastructure projects that are a direct result of the impact felt by last year's flood," said Dave Waind, Minot city manager. "We're very grateful that our state legislators appropriated these funds during the special legislative session and that the Department of Trust Lands saw it necessary to assist north central North Dakota with the bulk of these dollars."
"These state grants are an important part of our on-going work to help communities and rural areas across our state recover from last year's major flood events," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the State Land Board. "We will not waiver in our commitment to help meet these challenges."
Along with the City of Minot infrastructure projects, the Minot Public School District asked for and will receive $3.5 million to help relocate and replace Erik Ramstad Middle School. The City of Sawyer, Makoti Public Schools, the Ward County Water Resource District and the City of Burlington will also receive funds to assist in developing their infrastructure.
The Disaster Relief Bill passed by the North Dakota legislature last November provided $30 million to flood impacted political subdivisions for infrastructure development grants.