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Proposal to expand library and senior center in Granite Falls has the support of the City Council

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

GRANITE FALLS -- A proposal to expand the Granite Falls municipal library and senior citizen center continues to win support from the City Council.

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The council approved action this week to pursue a capital bonding request for the proposal.

The proposal calls for expanding both floors of the building that now houses the library and senior citizens center. It would cost $2,616,000, according to an architect's estimate for the project.

Council members approved a capital bonding request that would fund half of the project, with the remainder to be funded locally, City Manager Bill Lavin said.

In a related matter, the council also approved a capital bonding request for rehabilitating the city's pedestrian bridge crossing the Minnesota River in the downtown area. A previous request for transportation enhancement funds for the project was not successful.

If a $1 million bonding request would be approved, the city would need to raise $225,000 as its local share of a match to any bonding funds.

Capital bonding requests must be approved by the Legislature, and require a local contribution of funds.

An engineering report recommends an estimated $1,023,730 in repairs to the suspension bridge, originally built in 1935. There are small tilts evident on its piers, and the 285-foot span is aligned at an angle skewed to the flow of the river. The suspension bridge is one of only a handful remaining in the state. It was developed by the John A. Roebling bridge building firm of Minneapolis. Roebling is the developer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

In other business, the council discussed flood mitigation projects and funding needs, and reviewed possible budget cuts in anticipation of a reduction in Local Government Aid through the governor's unallotment action.

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