ST. PAUL - Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, and other members of the Capitol Preservation Commission have formulated three different restoration proposals to be considered by the Legislature.
Each of the three bonding proposals is for $241 million and accomplishes the same restoration work; it’s the dispersal periods which vary. Urdahl said he favors the two options which let the bonds over two and three years instead of one up-front bond.
The Capitol is more than 105 years old. Urdahl said experts indicate the building has eroded to the point rehabilitation may never catch up if immediate action is not taken. This includes leaks in the Capitol's roof and potentially loose exterior panels. Other structural deficiencies, code issues and accessibility shortcomings also must be addressed, Urdahl said.
“This building will be in serious trouble if we don’t take care of this now,” Urdahl said. “To allow our Capitol to crumble into a state of even further disrepair is unthinkable. I just don’t think people realize what poor condition it is in.”
Urdahl said he will be authoring bonding requests for the two proposals he supports. One plan would require a bond of $146 million in 2012 and $95 million in 2014. The other would bond $40 million in 2012, $106 million in 2013 and $95 million in 2014.
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 fifth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.