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City Council approves $13.7 million request to ND Lands Board for flood recovery efforts

Posted on 3/20/2012

The Minot City Council agreed to send forward a request of $13.7 million to the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands for grants to assist in funding a variety of flood recovery projects.

The City is asking for $13,700,000 to support projects that total $39,787,237 to address the following infrastructure needs within the City of Minot:

- Property acquisition for those homes damaged by temporary dikes or levees
- Repairs to sewer lift (pumping) stations
- Completion of the Puppy Dog sewer expansion in south Minot
- Expansion of the Minot landfill
- Expansion of sewer lines in north Minot
- Installation of elevated water towers

The City is also working with the Minot Public School District and the Minot Park District in their request for funding related to infrastructure needs.

The Disaster Relief Bill passed by the North Dakota legislature last November provided $30 million to flood impacted political subdivisions for infrastructure development grants. The board for the Department of Trust Lands has indicated that roughly two-thirds of the funding was set aside for needs in Ward County.

Eligible grants could receive up to 50 percent of the cost of the project paid for with the funds from the state legislature. The grant is to be considered a grant of "last resort" for items not otherwise reimbursed through federal or other state funds.

As part of the request made today, the application identified where the local funding source could come from. Depending on the project, Minot's portion could come from a variety of sources including sales tax dollars, water and sewer bonds, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 594 funding or Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds.

Applications for the flood infrastructure development grants are being accepted through today, March 20, 2012.

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