By Foung Hawj
Minn. State Sen. (67-DFL)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 12, 2015) — After a busy 2015 Legislative Session, I’ve been spending the interim visiting people and places in my district, attending legislative workshops, and helping prepare a few bonding requests for capital investment projects in East St. Paul.
Today, I want to talk a bit about the bonding bill projects I’ve been working on. Bonding bills provide important funding to maintain and improve publicly-owned infrastructure of the state. In 2014, we successfully secured funding for several projects in St. Paul, but as always, there’s more work to be done.
A few of the projects I’ve been working on include the Freedom Library, a snow machine for Battle Creek Regional Park, reconstruction of the Third Street Bridge, and various local requests in St. Paul.
The East Side Freedom Library has a mission to “preserve and promote knowledge about the East Side – its history, residents, and institutions – through educational collections and programs.” Additionally, the ESFL says that “Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.” What better way to learn about our community than at the very library that seeks to preserve its history?
Battle Creek Regional Park East is a wonderful place year round, but we Minnesotans know a thing or two about winter recreation and we make the most of all seasons. Battle Creek has wonderful cross-country ski trails that provide lots of winter fun, but the park is in need of a new snow machine. I’m working to ensure the ski trails are the best they can be, so I’ll continue efforts to secure funding for a new snow machine.
Lastly, and very importantly, I’d like to talk about the Third Street-Kellogg Bridge. East St. Paul residents know all too well that the Third Street Bridge is in serious need of repair. City engineers recently informed Mayor Coleman that an inspection and structural analysis determined the bridge’s outer lanes are not adequately designed to support current traffic. Reconstruction is desperately needed for this bridge – it’s been a long time coming. The Third Street Bridge is important to St. Paul residents and businesses, so it’s important we make sure it’s safe and up-and-running once more.
The Metro portion of the bonding tour takes place Dec. 15 to 17, and I look forward to visiting the many projects in need of funding. For more information on the tour, visit http://build.mn.
As the color of the leaves change and autumn continues, I will appreciatively continue representing the people of East St. Paul. As always, if you have questions or suggestions for me, they are greatly appreciated. You can reach my office at [email protected] or 651.296.5285.