Veterans home re-roof on Dayton project listPublished 11:17am Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The re-roofing of the Fergus Falls Veterans Home is part of the $800 million in projects backed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who will need the votes of minority party Republicans to authorize financing for the more than $800 million in construction work.
In all, Dayton would finance $812 million worth of projects, relying on $750 million in state borrowing and the rest from other sources. That’s large for an off-year package — the Legislature usually doesn’t fashion a major construction projects bill in the same year it sets the state budget.
The Fergus Falls Veterans Home re-roofing is part of the $3 million state facilities asset preservation program to be shared among several locations. Veterans Home administrator John Skillingstad said the re-roofing of the older, 66,000-square-foot portion of the Veterans Home, completed in 1997, is estimated at about $200,000.
“If it’s part of the governor’s plan, that’s wonderful,” said Skillingstad, who said the re-roofing was part of the Veterans Home’s five-year plan. “Our building is 16 years old, and it’s important to take care of the structure.”
Including the newer portion, the entire facility is 100,000 square feet.
Other local elements of the Dayton plan include:
• Park roads in Pelican Rapids and a bridge on the west side of Otter Tail Lake that are part of a portion of a $24 million Department of Natural Resources asset preservation program,
• $3 million to re-roof the building of the Fergus Falls Veterans Home,
• The replacement the east side water main in Elbow Lake and the replacement of a cast iron water main in Evansville as part of the $8 million clean and drinking water matching funds project
• Trail and bridge repair for the Central Lakes Trail would be part of the DNR’s $24 million Trails and Bridges program
His wish list also includes substantial funding for new labs at public universities, a new building on the Minneapolis Veterans Home campus and civic center improvements in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud.
AP and Daily Journal reports