by Doug Hanson
The Lafayette City Council took another step forward on its quest to improve the water quality for the city. A motion was passed at the October 10 meeting to go ahead with the plans and the design stage for the water project. This part of the project could take over two months to complete and the funding request is due by next March. The cost of the plans is estimated at $230,000. Utility Superintendent Al Fox felt confident that the city would receive some funding. He has been working on grants and low interest loans. Fox stated that a federal bonding bill sponsored by Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar has passed through committees, but now must wait until the bonding bill passes and is signed by the President. Another sources of revenue is the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA). Fox stated that PFA usually has 100 or more requests and can fund 30 to 50 proposals. Under the point scale used, Lafayette ranks 25th. How much of the revenue will be grant and how much will be a low interest loan is unknown at this time. Fox is also seek a Small Communities Planning Grant that would help to investigate the infrastructure, including the lateral lines to the homes and businesses. The scope of the project includes document the layout and televising the lines. The proposed project was increased to include working on the storm sewer system. In other business, it was reported that work on the band stand will begin and also that 40 paver blocks had been sold for the mini-park. Councilman Curt Tauber stated that he is hoping that a New Ulm Building Inspector will be able to attend the November or December council meeting to review the Minnesota Building Code. The Council is looking for some information on how to have better control on buildings in the city. The agenda item was tabled at this time. Mayor Sandie Peterson said she is looking for interested individuals that will help plan the City’s Quasquicentennial. The 125th Anniversary is set for 2025.