The City of Clearbrook has been approved for a 2019 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities Development Program Grant (SCDP) in the amount of $600,000. These funds originate at the federal level from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and pass through DEED to be used by small cities and rural areas across the state. Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) assisted the city with their grant application, and engineering needs, helping them obtain the funds necessary to improve the city’s water infrastructure system.
The grant will be used to improve the city’s water and sewer lines, refurbish the existing water tower and demolish an abandoned water tower. WSN’s engineering team worked with the city to analyze the sanitary sewer system and water system and provided engineering plans for improvements of the systems. Several alternatives were evaluated for improving the systems. Once a solution was decided on, the city embarked on securing financing for the projects and now with this last piece of the funding puzzle, work is scheduled to begin late summer.
Mayor Dylan Goudge stated, “These planned infrastructure improvements are critical to the well-being and prosperity of our citizens and local businesses. The Small Cities Development Program Grant fills an important gap in affordably financing these improvements.”
The Minnesota DEED Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) helps cities and counties with funding for housing, public infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects.