WDIO: Nolan Talks Infrastructure With Iron Range Leaders
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) sat down with Iron Range leaders Friday afternoon to talk transportation and infrastructure. As one Iron Range mayor explained, wastewater facilities are aging and costing cities a lot of money. "Currently, Keewatin's plant is aging. It's falling apart, and they are dumping a lot of money, a lot of taxpayer money into that plant to keep it going," Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci said. DeNucci said although a wastewater plant project isn't glamorous, it's a basic need. But cities are running into roadblocks trying to get enough funding for those types of projects. Rep. Rick Nolan sat down with Iron Range leaders in Hibbing Friday afternoon. Rep. Rick Nolan sat down with Iron Range leaders in Hibbing Friday afternoon. Nashwauk, Keewatin and Lone Pine Township are using a mix of grants and state bonding money to work on a three-phase wastewater plant project that would include Keetac and Mesabi Metallics too. DeNucci said federal funding would help them ensure that the work can get done. Congressman Nolan said before Friday's meeting that no country can be successful without good infrastructure. "The president's called for a trillion-dollar investment in infrastructure," Nolan, who is on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said. "The Society of Civil Engineers has indicated we need to spend maybe $3.6 trillion in infrastructure." Nolan said he believes it is a good investment because construction jobs are well paying ones, and good infrastructure leads to even better business.