Four Public Works grants to be reviewed at April 12 IRRR Board Meeting

Helping Hibbing, Eveleth, Kinney and surrounding communities and creating 64 jobs

April 11, 2012

EVELETH, Minn.—Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich today announced that the IRRR Board will review $429,700 in Public Works grants for approval at its Thursday, April 12, 2012 meeting. IRRRB Public Works grants provide funds for cities and townships that can be used for infrastructure, site work, or healthcare capital projects that support community and economic development. The $429,700 in grants leverages over $7 million in project costs. 

Sertich said, “These grants will make a big impact in our local communities, by leveraging millions of dollars and by creating both permanent and construction jobs.”

The following projects will be reviewed:

Range Regional Airport is seeking a $150,000 grant for design costs for the remodeling and expansion of the Range Regional Airport Passenger Terminal building. The total project cost is $5,448,000, and it will create 35 full-time equivalent construction jobs. 

The City of Eveleth is requesting a $35,000 grant for replacement of the air conditioning system at the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, which is a city-owned facility. The existing system, which was installed in 1972, has been repaired many times and is now irreparable. The total project cost is $65,000. 

The City of Hibbing is requesting a $211,000 grant for water, sewer, roads and site work for the $1,269,000 expansion of Iracore International in north Hibbing. Relocation of a building for the expansion is also included in the project. The total project cost is $1,480,000. The project will create approximately nine full-time equivalent construction jobs, as well as 20 full-time equivalent jobs over the next five years. In addition, 100 jobs will be retained. 

The City of Kinney is seeking a $33,700 grant for refurbishing the sand filters in their water treatment plant. Project components include removal of sand from existing filters, installation of new piping for the air wash and drain grid, and installation of filter sand. The total project cost is $33,957. 

IRRRB is a state economic development agency headquartered in northeastern Minnesota whose mission is to invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.