The City of Minot’s Community Facilities Committee met this afternoon to discuss and make recommendations on six proposals requesting funding from Minot’s Community Facility sales tax fund.
After almost 50 minutes of listening to representatives from Minot Parks, Minot Hockey Boosters, Minot State, the City of Minot and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, a lump-sum motion was quickly brought forth by Alderman Frantsvog to support two of the six requests in whole and two other requests in part. The motion was seconded by Alderman Seymour.
Alderman Miller brought forth an amendment to discuss and vote the requests individually; no second on the motion was offered.
Following a question of the city’s finance director on the financial status of the monies available and a comment by Alderman Miller that the merits of each project should be discussed and voted individually, the vote was called.
Voting ‘yes’ in support of the motion were Aldermen Frantsvog, Seymour, and Jantzer. Voting ‘no’ was Alderman Miller. The meeting was adjourned.
Here’s the breakdown of projects advanced by the committee.
- MAYSA Project: Minot Park District requested $1,000,000 on behalf of the Minot Area Youth Skating Associations third ice sheet expansion project. The Community Facilities Committee recommended funding this request in whole.
- MSU Bubble: Minot State University requested $1,000,000 on for the purposes of constructing a seasonal sports bubble over Herb Parker Stadium. The Community Facilities Committee recommended funding this request in whole.
- Hoeven Park Turf Project: Minot Park District requested $1,600,000 to convert one of the existing natural grass fields to a synthetic turf field. The Community Facility Committee recommended funding this project in part with $1,000,000.
- Sertoma Complex Paving Project: The City of Minot via the Recreation Department requested $1,518,000 for purposes of paving the upper parking lot and interior walking areas of the softball complex. The Community Facilities Committee recommended funding this request in part with $1,000,000.
Two other requests, one made on behalf of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the City of Minot for improvements to the Municipal Auditorium were not funded. For more details on the applications, read this article.
City Council is expected take final action at the regularly scheduled July 6th meeting.
Here are Alderman Miller’s comments on voting the issue without discussion of individual requests.
The Community Facilities Committee is made of Alderman Lisa Olson (Chair), Alderman Mark Jantzer, Alderman Tom Seymour, Alderman Bob Miller, and Alderman Dean Frantsvog.