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Posted on: November 7, 2019

City leaders pitch two projects to Senate investment committee

A picture of city leaders and senators at the site of the 20th Street bridge.

It’s not everyday the Minnesota State Senate’s Capital Investment Committee makes it ways to Faribault, but when it does, City of Faribault leaders understand it could be their only chance to sell them on their capital funding requests.

The 18-member committee, including former Faribault mayor and current District 24 senator, John Jasinski, made its way across southern Minnesota Tuesday, Nov. 5, as part of its infrastructure tour. Locally, both Parks and Recreation Director Paul Peanasky and Public Works Director Travis Block highlighted two projects that could not only protect city infrastructure, but also add to its recreation amenities.

For the recreation side, Peanasky emphasized how crucial the Northern Links Trail could be for both local and regional trail users. This project, which is only 0.25 miles in length, would provide passage below the railroad bridge on 20th Street Northwest, and would  link with two state trail systems, Mill Towns State Trail and Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Additionally, it will also link the western side of Faribault with the rest of the community, and Alexander Park, and as a result, its facilities. The estimated cost of the project is $920,000, the majority of which is for the underpass.

As for Public Works Director Block, his focus was on a floodwall at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which would protect the vitally important facility when flooding occurs. The $3.86 million project would result in a permanent wall and bank-stabilization measures to protect the facility from the neighboring Straight River when it rises to flood stage. 

Both requests will be considered when the Legislature resumes in February.

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