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City Adjusts Contribution to Flood Control

City Adjusts Contribution to Flood Control

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The city of Minot will contribute to building the overall Mouse River Enhanced Flood Control Project, not just the portion that involved the city directly.

That's what the city council voted today in a special meeting.

The agreement to pay into constructing the entire project from border to border includes the requirement that the city have a seat on the board that is spearheading the project.

The Souris River Joint Water Resource Board has led the effort to design and build flood control for the Mouse River.

It currently has four board members - one each from the water resource board of each county the river runs through.

Council members agreed that in order to commit to contributing to the cost of the entire project, the city would need a spot on the board as well.

The council agreed to dedicate a half-cent of the sales tax in the city to the project's local share, which is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman says the city's contribution is a drop in the bucket compared to the 800-million dollar estimated cost of the project.

But he says it may be enough to get some preliminary work done while waiting for more substantial funding from the federal and state governments.

 

(Curt Zimbelman, Minot Mayor) "It would be nice to get some of these phases, a lot of it's been engineered to some point, so it's just...there may be some areas we can get at right away so we can protect certain areas."

 

The half-cent sales tax contribution to the flood control project will begin to be collected next July.

It's expected to raise between 6 and 8 million dollars yearly.

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