The city of Minot on Tuesday released a lengthy proposal on using federal Community Development Block Grant funding to help ongoing flood recovery efforts.
It's an enormous amount of information to absorb, as city officials lay out preliminary plans on spending roughly $67.5 million on a wide variety of projects. The list includes repairing flood-damaged infrastructure, providing assistance to low-to-moderate income families to repair or rebuild damaged homes and expanding water and sewer services to help housing development around the city, among other smaller projects. The list is extensive, too long to list here, but it's well worth the time to read as it provides a wealth of information on how the city wants to spent the funding that comes with a host of restrictions and guidelines from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The entire list can be found on the city's web site at (www.minotnd.org) and (www.minotrecoveryinfo.com).
Public comment will be taken until Tuesday, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday night. We encourage members of the public to submit comments, and attend the public hearing. Citizen input is vital as the city moves forward in recovering from the catastrophic 2011 Souris River flood. This is yet another way for citizens to let their voices be heard.