Sen. Sheran, Rep. Morrow Introduce Bills for Titlow Dam Funding
Senator Kathy Sheran and Rep. Terry Morrow have introduced legislation to fund repairs on the aging Lake Titlow Dam. The legislators are requesting the $969,000 necessary for repairs in the Capital Investment Bill and from Legacy and Clean Water funds.
“This dam is in dire need of repair,” Sen. Sheran said. “Four years ago the Department of Natural Resources reported that the dam is in poor condition and is very unstable. We need to find funding before it gives way and we have more expensive problems on our hands. That’s why we felt we would cover our bases and try to find funding wherever possible.”
Passing a capital investment or “bonding” bill will be a major focus of the 2012 session. The governor has already announced a $775 million capital investment package that will help create jobs in Minnesota. Both the House and Senate plan to design and introduce bonding proposals of their own in the coming weeks.
“This Lake Titlow work is long overdue. Rebuilding the dam takes advantage of the work that MSU-Mankato folks and local residents have done,” Rep. Morrow stated. “Sibley County and Gaylord presented a strong case for this public works project; I look forward to continuing this effort on this necessary project.”
The DNR has reported that the dam’s downstream area has been filled with broken concrete reinforcements, creating a rapids system.
Senator Sheran and Rep. Morrow introduced similar legislation last session when the governor asked legislators to draft bills as part of a larger bonding bill he introduced in 2011.
“We needed to start discussion on the need for dam repair,” Sheran said. “I want the folks at the Capitol to know that we have some serious infrastructure needs in our area. It’s time to get the balling rolling for future repairs.”