The City of Clinton has been approved for a 2019 Minnesota Department and 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) to the State of Minnesota where DEED distributes them to small cities and rural areas. 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 wastewater infrastructure system.
The grant will be used to replace wastewater lines in the city and for the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment facility. WSN’s engineering team worked with the city to analyze the wastewater system and provided a preliminary engineering report with recommendations for improvements of the system. Alternatives were analyzed in the report for correcting deficiencies the city, citizens, and businesses are experiencing with the existing sanitary sewer lines that were installed over 50 years ago. Upon review of the recommendations and alternatives, the city determined the most appropriate course of action and embarked on securing the resources to finance the project. With this last piece of funding secured, work is scheduled to begin this fall.
Mayor Greg Basta stated, “We have some very critical infrastructure needs in Clinton and this Small Cities Development Program Grant will allow us to start the project as soon as possible. The proposed improvements will ensure the health and safety of our community for generations to come.”
The Minnesota DEED Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) helps cities and counties with funding for housing, public infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects.