Bonding bill closer to reality

ROCHESTER, Minn. – After a long day at the state capitol, lawmakers are coming together on a new bonding bill.

The bill would cost around a billion dollars and would give some much needed funds to area projects like the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. “What this brings is conferences and conventions to Rochester that are not going to be any place else in Minnesota.” Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede said.

Mayor Brede told us he hopes to break ground on the more than $30 million expansion this fall.

Another project this bill covers, is the dredging of a local lake.

Fountain Lake in Albert Lea will receive $7,500,000 to fund restoration efforts.

We spoke to the District Administrator for the Shell Rock River Watershed who said this was a huge hurdle to cross.

“What this means for Albert Lea is, we’ve done the work upstream and now your really going to see a difference in the lake because we need to get rid of the internal loading the nutrients on the bottom of the lake. So after the project is over you’re really going to see some real water clarity and quality.” Says Brett Behnke.

He says the target start date of the project is sometime in 2015. The bonding bill is now on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed.

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