Sen. Koenen proposes much needed assistance for Maynard

In response to a crisis situation in Maynard, Senator Lyle Koenen has proposed SF 1522, much needed legislation to appropriate money for the reconstruction of the city’s sewer lines, a repair coming in light of a recent emergency.

On March 20th Maynard’s lift station stopped pumping, forcing the city to enact temporary measures to get them going again. On March 31st the sanitary sewer main crossing the railroad tracks collapsed, blocking sewage from flowing forcing a temporary bypass. This temporary bypass prevented critical safety and health issues, but is not a long-term solution. On April 4th, Mayor Richard Groothuis declared a local emergency.

“This appropriation provides much needed resources for Maynard. They face a crisis, and after four years of trying I hope we can give them the help they need,” said Sen. Koenen. “We have to make sure our greater MN cities aren’t forgotten about.”

In addition to funds to repair the city’s sewers, this appropriation goes to flood mitigation for the town. Many of the problems Maynard currently faces have been exasperated by repeated floods in the past several years.

Added Koenen “These issues are interconnected. If we can give Maynard the money they need, they will be able to fix these infrastructure problems as well as be better prepared for future flooding possibilities. These are the types of projects we hear at the Capitol that we should move forward on.”

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Senator Lyle Koenen
Lyle Koenen represents District 17, which includes portions of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Renville, and Swift counties in the southwestern part of the state. He is the vice chair of the Tax Reform Division.

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