Committee approves sales tax for facilities projects

A city committee is recommending continued sales tax funding for improvements at Herb Parker Stadium and Maysa Arena and more funding for the Perkett skating rink project.

The Minot City Council’s Community Development Committee voted to support just over $2 million for the projects.

In January 2013, the city council approved $4 million from the city sales tax for community facilities to make improvements at Minot State University’s Herb Parker Stadium. The money was to be paid out in $1 million installments over four years, subject to a year evaluation and availability of funds. The current request would be a continuation of that award.

In December 2013, the council approved $3 million for improvements and expansion to the Minot Park District’s Maysa Arena. Funds were to be disbursed at $1 million annually over a three-year period subject to a yearly evaluation and availability of funds. The current request is a continuation of that award.

Funds are available, and the Community Development Committee voted to recommend the council continue making payments on both projects.

In November 2012, the council awarded the Minot Recreation Commission $287,439 to rebuild the flooded Longfellow skating rink at Perkett Elementary School.

Because of constraints with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the engineering firm’s workload, the project was not bid until last March. The bid came in $150,000 over the 2012 cost estimate.

The recreation department requested another $150,000 and hopes to finish the project by this fall.

The money would come from about $1 million still available in the community facilities sales tax account.

The council has decided not to award funds to new projects until 2015.