Rep. Uglem, Sen. Hoffman work together to secure funding in legislature
By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The City of Champlin met Monday to recognize Sen. John Hoffman and Rep. Mark Uglem for securing funding for the city’s Elm Creek Dam project.
ELM CREEK DAM FUNDING
In 2013, the City of Champlin applied to the State of Minnesota Management and Budget for funding for the Elm Creek Dam. The city requested funding via state bond proceeds to assist in the funding to replace the Em Creek Dam along with the construction of flood mitigation in the area of the Elm Creek Dam.
During the 2014 State Legislative Session, the Minn. House of Representatives and the State Senate approved the bonding bill that included the funding for the Elm Creek Dam in the amount of $2.75 million. Both Rep. Uglem and Sen. Hoffman were greatly influential in securing this funding for the project.
“We would like to thank the two of you for working together to help bring this funding to the City of Champlin,” said Mayor ArMand Nelson. “This is the first time the city has ever received a bonding bill from the State of Minnesota for a project. We want to thank both of you for advocating for this funding for the City of Champlin.”
The Elm Creek Dam project improvements will reduce flood hazards, removing 60 acres from floodplains and improving public safety. The project supports redevelopment of the Mississippi Crossings project. Furthermore, the project is projected to improve water quality, provide stabilization for Elm Creek and improve stream/dam access.
“This was one of the primary needs for this city,” said Rep. Uglem. “The dam was built when Franklin D. Rooselvelt was president of the United States, it just tells you what kind of shape the dam was in. It was classified by the state DNR as a high hazard dam. For the first time ever, the City of Champlin has received some bonding money, I can tell you I hope it won’t be the last. Hopefully we can get some money to fix up the Mill Pond in the future.”
This is a multi-agency cooperative project. The city will be working closely with the Minnesota DNR, Hennepin County and the West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission.
“This is a critical area along the Mississippi,” said Sen. Hoffman. “When you hear about a 2 x 12 that’s regulating the flow of water, people start to take notice. By doing this, we’ve eliminated 60 acres of flooded grounds right here in our city. It was good to see people come out to the city to see just what kind of shape the dam was in. It’s time to get it done and get it done right.”
City Administrator Bret Heitkamp also thanked Sen. Hoffman and Rep. Uglem for working together to receive these funds for the city. But he especially wanted to thank project manager Todd Tuominen for his work on the Elm Creek Dam and Mill Pond projects.
“This is a $5 million, multi-agency project,” said Heitkamp. “But we’ve had one individual who has worked hard with us and for us, Todd Tuominen. He has truly championed this project and has done a fantastic job. Todd has also secured funding associated with this project from the West Mississippi Watershed, the Elm Creek Watershed, the DNR and Hennepin County.”
Mayor Nelson also:
ANNOUNCED that the next Economic Development Authority work session will be held Monday, June 23 at 5:45 p.m. in the council conference room. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Andrew’s Park splash pad Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The next council work session will be Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the council conference room and the council meeting will begin immediately following the work session at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.
The Champlin City Council also:
HEARD from City Planner Scott Shulte about a change of trail easements between the city and Servant of Christ Lutheran Church.
REVIEWED the Environmental Resource Commission report for the 2013 year.