IRRRB to Review Public Works Grants on Thursday

By KBJR News 1

IRRRB to Review Public Works Grants on Thursday

December 11, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM CDT

Eveleth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) -- The Iron Range Resources and Rehabiliation Board will review $7.8 million in Public Works grants at its meeting on Thursday.

The grants leverage $66 million in total project investments and support the creation of 131 permanent jobs and 418 construction jobs.

"These projects tie in directly with Governor Mark Dayton's priorities for job creation and economic growth," said IRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich. "They are projected to create 549 new jobs in our communities, while leveraging millions of dollars."

A list of projects that will be reviewed include:

City of Aurora - Infrastructure to N 1st and E Central Ave - $250,000
City of Babbitt - Water/Sewer/Roads 20-unit hotel and conference center - $300,000
Bigfork Valley Hospital - Water/Sewer/Roads 20-unit memory care expansion - $250,000
City of Biwabik - Replace Water/Sewer/Roads 2nd St. - 250,000
City of Biwabik - Replace Water/Sewer/Roads 2nd St. - 250,000
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa - Water/Sewer/Roads for medical/dental clinic on Lake Vermilion - $300,000
City of Bovey - Water/Sewer/Roads for KMDA expansion - $100,000
City of Buhl - Infrastructure to Jones Ave. and State St. and alley - $250,000
City of Calumet - Infrastructure to 3rd and 4th Ave. - $150,000
City of Chisholm - Infrastructure to 7th and 9th St. on Central Dr. - $250,000
City of Cohasset - Improve lift station and water main on Highway 2 for eight businesses - $200,000
City of Coleraine - Infrastructure to Powell Ave. - $70,000
City of Cook - Waste treatment pond system improvements - $150,000
City of Crosby - Retaining pond and overflow area at Graphics Packaging - $150,000
City of Ely - Infrastructure to 1st and 8th Ave. and Harvey St. for Highway 169 reconstruction - $200,000
City of Eveleth - Water/Sewer/Roads/Site work for Aqua Power expansion - $250,000
City of Eveleth - Water/Sewer/Roads for Jones St. reconstruction - $250,000
City of Gilbert - Infrastructure to Minnesota and Michigan St. and waste water treatment improvements - $250,000
City of Gilbert - Infrastructure to Circle Dr. and Alaskan Ave. - $180,000
City of Grand Rapids - Lights, turning lanes, entrance to Itasca Community College - $250,000
City of Hibbing - Infrastructure along Highway 169 W for retail development - $350,000
City of Hibbing - Phase 2 Brooklyn area for sanitary sewer and water lines - $250,000
City of Hoyt Lakes - Emergency service facility remodel and addition - $350,000
Lake Superior - Poplar River Water District - Water line from Lake Superior to Lutsen Mt. - $250,000
City of LaPrairie - Infrastructure along Highway 169 for 50 residents and 23 businesses - $250,000
Town of Lutsen - Superior National Golf Course landscaping and irrigation system - $300,000
City of Mountain Iron - Water/Sewer/Roads/Site work for JADCO expansion - $250,000
City of Mountain Iron – Site work and soil correction work for mobile MRI unit for clinic - $80,000
City of Mountain Iron - Infrastructure to expand housing in Unity addition - $250,000
City of Nashwauk - Infrastructure for expansion of Motter Equipment along Highway 169 - $150,000
City of Orr - Infrastructure and site work for construction of 24-unit assisted living facility - $50,000
City of Riverton - Water/Sewer/Roads on a city-wide basis - $150,000
City of Taconite - Sanitary sewer lines and road reconstruction to Nelson St. - $100,000
City of Tower - Water and sanitary sewer lines and street reconstruction to Main St. - $170,000
City of Two Harbors - Construction of 80 x 100 square-foot fixed-based operation building - $300,000
City of Virginia - Water/Sewer/Roads on 4th St. North for three proposed developments - $350,000
Town of White - Extend Water/Sewer/Roads from 1st. St. to Poplar St. - $175,000

TOTAL $7,825,000

In other business, the IRRR Board will consider implementation of an IRRRB Film Production Incentive Program, with an initial capitalization of $800,000. According to Sertich, the program will position the agency for an opportunity to bring two film productions to the area in 2013. These productions could result in direct economic impact of $8 million to the Iron Range.