When I saw in last week’s Nfld News (River trail, bridge are on course) that $240,000 is being allocated for the 600 feet from the new Mill Towns Trail (MTT) bridge through Riverside Park to 5th St. and Water St., I wondered where that money is coming from. And as I dug a bit, I discovered that it’s also not easy to figure out where the money came from to pay for the $820,000 for the bridge.
Help is needed! (continued)
- There’s no financial information on the Mill Towns Trail Joint Powers web site (there have been no meetings in 2009?)
- There’s no financial information on the Friends of Mill Towns Trail web site
- I couldn’t find anything about the $240,000 on the City of Northfield’s web site. A search on “Mill Towns Trail” didn’t turn up any MTT financial info.
- The DNR’s Mill Towns State Trail Master Plan has no financial info in it
- The Northfield Rotary Club has evidently raised approximately $100,000 for the MTT. Shouldn’t that be listed on both of the MTT sites?
- $150,000 from the 2009 state omnibus bonding bill apparently is to be used for “engineering and planning” for the MTT bridge. But what about the rest of the actual construction costs, approximately $570,000?
- What City of Northfield fund is paying for the $240,00 for the 600 feet of trail? If it’s from the Riverfront TIF District, where is that information and what was the decision process on it?
- According to this Nfld News article, “When costs last year went over engineers’ projections, city staff worked with the Friends of the Mill Towns Trail and the trail’s joint powers board to secure another $210,000 in funding.” Where did that money come from?
- I’ve been told by a couple of people that the cost of the bridge escalated considerably when City of Northfield staff (engineering? parks?) requested that it be beefed up to support the weight of maintenance vehicles (lawn mowers, snowblowers, etc). How much did that cost, what was the approval process, and where did the money come from?
Some relevant Nfld News articles:
May 2008 Nfld News: Mill Towns Trail bridge will move forward
The city council Monday approved an $820,000 bid by Healy Construction of Faribault to build the bridge. Initial bids last fall came in well over budget, forcing the project to be rebid.
When costs last year went over engineers’ projections, city staff worked with the Friends of the Mill Towns Trail and the trail’s joint powers board to secure another $210,000 in funding. The city also got approval to use a less expensive steel, a move that reduced costs to transport the bridge sections.
April 11, 2009 Nfld News: Mill Towns Trail a boon for city
The $650,000 will go to two parts of the project. Engineering and planning for a bridge that will cross over the Cannon River behind Laurel Court near Walgreens will cost about $150,000. The bridge then will connect to the trail on the south side of the river that will lead trail users under Minnesota Highway 3 and into Riverside Park. The remaining money will go to complete several miles of the trail in Byllesby Park in Goodhue County.
April 28, 2009 Nfld News: Bridge moves into place
The bridge, approved last April by the city council, was expected to cost more than $828,000. The majority of those funds came from the state and federal governments along with monies from Northfield Rotary raised through its annual bicycle race.
July 2, 2009 Nfld News: River trail, bridge are on course
All signs are go for the not-quite-600-foot trail on the east bank of the Cannon River downtown that would link two paths, said Community Development Director Brian O’Connell. The $240,000 trail was previously thought to lay in a floodway, which would require special approval, but a public hearing scheduled for June 23 was canceled after engineers discovered that was not the case, O’Connell said.