Letter: Economic need prompts councilor to risk own money
June 25. 2013 12:56PM
The City of Dell Rapids is working toward economic development.
Sixty days ago I did not know that there was an entity named the Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation with a membership of 50 individuals working to bring industrial development to Dell Rapids. At my first City Council meeting on May 6, 2013, Mayor Scott Fiegen appointed me to be the liaison between the Dell Rapids City Council and Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation and serve as an appointed board member of that non-profit corporation.
The first meeting I attended was held the following afternoon, May 7, and, wow, did I learn a lot about why Dell Rapids has not received our share of industrial development Ė mainly because Dell Rapids did not have sites with utilities and infrastructure ready to build on.
Next, I learned that Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation had an option to purchase an 80-acre tract of land east of Garfield Avenue and south of Centennial Place but did not have the funding necessary nor was the sanitary sewer scheduled to serve this tract of land any time soon.
In order to remedy these two deficiencies, motions were made and passed at the last council meeting on June 17, 2013, to undergo a series of steps.
Step one: engage the city engineer to draw up plans to be placed on the State Water Plan.
Step two: Have the State Water Board consider adding Dell Rapidsí sewer extension to the State Water plan (August).
Step three: Submit a Facility Plan to DENR with application for funding (mid September).
Step four: State Water Bard considers Dell Rapidsí funding application for Dell Rapids Sewer Extension Project (October).
Step five: State Water Board announces funding package award for Dell Rapids Extension Project (January 2014).
Step six: Bid the sewer extension project (spring 2014); and step seven: Construct the sewer extension (summer 2014).
I have stepped forward to assist with the financing needed to exercise the option to purchase the 80 acres of land.
I am offering the support of this loan as an aid to assist the residents of Dell Rapids by attracting industrial development by creating jobs and increasing tax revenue and not for personal gain as the interest on the loan will be at 4 percent.
If anyone can offer Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation better loan terms than mine, I will be tickled pink to step aside.