For Immediate Release
Contact: Marshall Hallock
Administrative Business Director
Administrative Business Department
(January 20, 2022, Red Wing, Minn.) – A recommended $6.1 million in funding for two City of Red Wing projects was included in Gov. Tim Walz’s 2022 local jobs and projects plans, which he unveiled on Tuesday, January 18.
The governor is recommending a $4.1 million grant to Red Wing toward design and construction of Red Wing’s Upper Harbor and Bay Point Park Renewal on the Mississippi riverfront. This would complete the final project phase of the two-phase project. The total project cost is $5.46 million.
The governor is also recommending a $2 million grant toward the final design and construction of the riverfront connection to Red Wing's historic He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Regional Park and the City’s multi-use Colvill Park recreational area. The total project cost is $4.86 million.
“On behalf of the City of Red Wing and its citizens, I want to thank Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan for including Red Wing’s riverfront renewal projects in the 2022 local jobs and projects bill. The riverfront projects will have a direct, positive effect on the regional and local economy.” said City Council President Becky Norton. “We will continue to leverage any and all available funding opportunities to move forward and complete long-lasting, generational improvements to the City’s important local and regional assets and infrastructure.”
Public works borrowing packages, also known as bonding bills, are traditionally developed and passed during even-numbered years of Minnesota's legislative sessions. A bonding bill also requires a three-fifths supermajority in both the House and Senate to pass. The final bonding bill is usually the product of intense negotiations and compromise by all parties.