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Posted on May 13, 2020 at 7:48 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/13/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Fix the Pipes Alliance is the new group spearheading efforts for financial support for much of Minnesota’s aging water infrastructure. The group is currently asking the state legislature to set-aside $300 million to repair many smaller Minnesota communities' aging water infrastructure systems.
Many of us take for granted where and how our water gets to our house, and how it leaves our homes. For many of Minnesota’s smaller communities, aging infrastructure for both water and wastewater facilities is a very real concern. Many of these treatment facilities were built 50 plus years ago and need expensive repairs and upgrades. The problem with the repairs and upgrades is the extraordinary costs associated with them that many smaller communities just can’t bear by themselves.
These smaller communities know that they need to pay their fair share and are looking more for cost sharing, to make up the difference from what their communities can afford.
Most communities can apply for low-interest loans to help cover the costs of their infrastructure upgrade needs, but lately the need has outweighed the availability of funding, leaving many communities looking for other means of funding. An estimate was given, that Minnesota would need to spend $1.2 billion in every two-year legislative budget cycle for the next 20 years to catch up to the current needs.
Many of these infrastructure repairs are turn key, in that many of them are all engineered and ready to go, just lack the funding. The projects would have very positive effects on our state economy, adding jobs and money back to our state’s economy. Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 situation has taken front stage, and issues like this have slowed their momentum. Governor Walz did propose about $300 million to put towards infrastructure projects, as part of his $2 billion-dollar bonding proposal.
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Recent Drainage Inspections:
We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently. Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist