ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, has introduced bills to help five cities in District 18B obtain grants to fund wastewater projects.
These grants would be provided through the Minnesota Public Facility Authority, saving local taxpayers thousands of dollars. Urdahl is close to the process as a member of the Capital Investment Committee, which authorizes funding for programs like the PFA.
“Public infrastructure remains a top priority for the state, even during leaner times,” Urdahl said. “The reality is the current recession means more competition for state funding, but additional funding available from the Federal stimulus package can help get this done. I feel we have a reasonable chance of having our local requests granted.”
The area proposals include:
• $5.1 million for a grant to the city of Howard Lake for connecting to the Annandale/Maple Lake wastewater treatment plant;
• $3.6 million for a new mechanical sewage treatment facility in Grove City;
• $1.4 million for rehabilitation and construction of Eden Valley’s sewage collection system;
• $800,000 for rehabilitation and expansion of the Darwin sewage collection system;
• $390,000 for the unsewered collection and treatment project in Forest City.
Urdahl authored several similar proposals in 2008, including one that will help First District Association expand its operation in Litchfield. Estimates show the company’s expansion could infuse another $850 million annually into the Minnesota economy.
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.