Mayor Ness Says Duluth Should Benefit from Bonding

By KBJR News 1

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluth specific projects may not be funded under Minnesota's bonding bill, but Mayor Ness says Duluthians will still benefit.

One of the state project grants approved in the bonding bill is for $20-million dollars of wastewater infrastructure.

Mayor Ness says because two Duluth projects are a high priority to keep overflows out of Lake Superior, those projects should get funding.

He said Duluth could also tap into economic development and DNR dollars.

Ness said having a bonding bill in 2011, puts Duluth at an advantage.

"There will likely be another bonding bill next year, which is the traditional bonding bill year, and that because we kind of cleared the slate of $500-million of projects across the state, you know, we'll be in a more competitive position to advocate for projects next year," said Ness.

Projects like bringing the NorShor Theatre into compliance and Wade Stadium will be among those Duluth with try for in 2012.

Also some University of Minnesota projects got funded, but UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center was once again not one of them.

UMD plans to try to get that project funded in 2012, which is a traditional bonding year.

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