State Land Board Approves $25.6 Million for Statewide Flood Recovery Projects
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other members of the state Board of University and School Lands (state Land Board) unanimously voted today to award $25.6 million in state flood impact grants to help cities, counties and other political subdivisions cover the costs of repairing flood-related damages to public infrastructure.
“These state grants are an important part of our on-going work to help communities and rural areas across our state recover from last year’s major flood events,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “We will not waiver in our commitment to help meet these challenges.”
Dalrymple is chairman of the five-member state Land Board. Other board members are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead and state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
The Legislature, during its 2011 special session, appropriated $30 million to help counties, cities and other political subdivisions repair major flood-related damages not eligible through other government sources or insurance. The grants can be used to fund up to 50 percent of the costs of eligible projects.
The state Land Board approved grant requests submitted by political subdivisions from all nine counties eligible for the funding. The total funding by county is as follows:
- $18.8 million for flood-recovery projects in Ward County.
- Burleigh County - $2.7 million
- Morton County - $1.080 million
- Ramsey County - $459,800
- Renville County - $514, 000
- McHenry County - $527,026
- Richland County - $500,048
- Barnes County - $500,000
- Benson County - $467,806
The projects approved for flood impact grant funding include:
- $4 million to help the city of Minot repair six sewer lift stations.
- $3.5 million to help the Minot School District purchase land for a school relocation.
- $2.45 million for infrastructure improvements in the city of Burlington.
- $2.68 million for road improvements and flood-control improvements in Burleigh County and in the city of Bismarck.
- $214,000 for the city of Velva to repair its lagoon.
- $87,000 for levee construction in Wahpeton and $89,000 for road improvements in Richland County’s Brightwood Township.
- $169,000 to replace a lift station in the city of Sawyer.
For a complete list of projects approved for flood impact funding, visit www.land.nd.gov/floodimpact