City to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant

At the September 5 Flandreau city council meeting, council members approved for the city to apply for a grant to fund a second storm shelter in town.

Through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, over $1 million are available statewide to fund these types of projects.

The second storm shelter would be exactly the same as the shelter constructed a few years ago at the Flandreau trailer park.

While the process for the first shelter took longer than anticipated, having to be rebid multiple times, with the exact same specs used to build a second, the process should flow more smoothly.

Applications for the grant are due mid-October. The proposed site for the second storm shelter is Hardin Park, but other areas with extra space will be considered.

The grant program offers a 75/25 percent match for funding. With the first shelter costing a total of around $160,000 and the city providing $40,000, a similar price is anticipated.

This project will only be considered if the city were to receive the grant money to fund the second shelter.

The Flandreau city council also:

Approved to adopt the second reading of ordinance 580 amending electric rates in accordance with the electric rate study conducted by Missouri River Energy in the spring of 2014.

Held the first reading of 581, the proposed 2018 budget.

Approved resolution 2017-03 for the final plat of lots 4 and 5 in the Industrial Park.

Approved resolution 2017-04 for unclaimed property.

approved the 2017-2018 safety management program agreement between the city and the Minnesota Municipalities Utilities Association for the continuation of the city’s safety management program.

Approved an invoice for airport engineering from Helms & Associates for $2,416.80 on the mini-master plan $622.80 on the airport layout plan.

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