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City Hall funding bill heard by Minnesota House committee

City Planner Justin Fortney (left) and Interim City Administrator and Administrative Service Director Julie Flaten (right) joined Rep. Tony Jurgens for the hearing of his bill that would help secure funds for the renovation of Hastings City Hall. Submitted photo

A bill written by state Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, to help the city of Hastings secure funding for the renovation of City Hall was heard in the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee on Feb. 27.

If approved, the bill would secure $2 million in bonding funds to help with renovations. Renovation plans include repairing masonry, replacing the dome roofs, making HVAC improvements and more.

"I thought the hearing went very well," Jurgens said in a statement. "Many of the members on the committee toured the facility back in 2017 when I invited them to Hastings to learn more about it, so they didn't necessarily receive new information, but rather renewed information with some updates."

In order for the bonding to be secured, the project would need to find $2.6 million in other sources, such as from the city.

The bill isn't scheduled to receive any more hearings to Jurgens' knowledge the statement said, adding that he will push for the project to be included in the House's capital investment plan.

"Now it's wait time for everyone but me, as I'll continue working behind the scenes and reminding the chairwoman and other members of the committee how important it is to renovate the Hastings City Hall building," Jurgens said.

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