St. Paul – Today, Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal) presented HF1549 to the committee on Capital Investment to propose funding infrastructure repairs to aging wastewater infrastructure in the city of Madison Lake. City Administrator Jeff Shoobridge testified to the importance of the bill. Rep. Munson made the following statement:
“Today, the committee heard my bill to address the infrastructure needs in Madison Lake. This year, amid the pandemic, the state took advantage of the massive drop in traffic and accelerated its plans to repair Highway 60. In Madison Lake, highway 60 runs straight through town and serves as their main thoroughfare.
This plan’s rapid shift means that Madison Lake also needed to accelerate its plans to update its aging infrastructure. Much of the town's water lines are red clay pipes installed in the ’60s and they have suffered four water main breaks this year alone. The funding will go to updating those waterlines. With the rough Minnesota winter we weathered this year, we now understand how necessary updating and maintaining our state infrastructure is.
This bill will allocate $510,000 to Madison Lake to help pay for these infrastructure updates, with a total cost of $2.5 Million. This project is number 65 on the statewide Priority Projects List (PPL), and with this additional project highway 60 is set to be finished by July of this year, just in time for the fishing season this summer.”