- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature is awaiting Gov. Doug Burgum’s approval on a state funding bill that would allot $193 million for an enhanced flood protection project to Minot.

The funds are the state’s 65 percent share of the first four phases of flood control construction, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2oABY3P ) reported.

“Certainly this shows that the Legislature does support the city of Minot and the city of Minot’s efforts to provide flood protection for our citizens, who were impacted in a devastating way back in 2011,” Barry said in reference to the historic 2011 flood.

City public works director Dan Jonasson said the measure would prevent the city from receiving any additional funding for flood protection for the next eight years. He said the first four phases of the project should take the full eight years to complete. Flood control construction could begin as early as fall.

“This is the largest state set-aside for Minot in our history,” said City Manager Thomas Barry. “This helps our residents who have been wondering about what’s happening and what’s going to happen on flood control.

Meanwhile, the city has begun exercising its eminent domain powers in connection with property acquisitions for the project and preparing for any additional cases that may arise.

The Minot City Council’s Finance and Improvements Committee has suggested that the city seek proposals from law firms to handle future eminent domain cases. The committee also suggested that Minot extend the contract with its current law firm for one year.

The city currently has three such active cases in North Central District Court.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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