The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) today committed an additional $24.8 million in grant funding to help counties, cities, school districts, and other political subdivisions in the Oil Patch offset the impacts of rapid development. The state appropriated $135 million in Energy Impact funds for the 2011-13 biennium and about $9.3 million remains to be allocated.
"This grant fund plays a critical role in our overall strategy to help address impacts in our oil and gas counties," Dalrymple said. "The grant program allows us to adapt to the region's priorities and the process relies on the participation of local residents and officials. We will keep to aggressive timelines during this construction season and at the same time we will continue making investments to meet the region's long-term needs."
Dalrymple is chairman of the five-member state Land Board. Other board members are: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
The Land Board today approved Energy Impact Grants for 16 cities, six school districts, four counties and two other political subdivisions. The funding will be used in the state's oil-producing counties to support additional improvements in emergency services; to provide more housing for teachers; for upgrades to municipal water and sewer systems; street improvements, school infrastructure improvements and to address other impacts of rapid growth. The state grants include:
$4 million to expand the city of Crosby's water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
$2.2 million for street projects in Stanley and to expand the city's water supply system.
$256,000 for teacher housing at McKenzie Co. Public School District #1.
$1.5 million to extend water and sewer lines in the city of Parshall.
$3.6 million to extend water lines in Tioga.
$92,000 for safety and security equipment at Williston New Public School District #8.
$800,000 to remodel the McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center and to replace communications equipment.
$704,848 for equipment upgrades at the Multi-County Correctional Center in Dickinson.
For a complete list of projects approved for state funding, go to www.nd.gov/energyimpact
In all, the state has committed $1.2 billion during the current biennium to help counties, cities, school districts, townships and other political subdivisions in the Oil Patch meet the needs that come with rapid growth. The funding package is being used for a wide range of infrastructure improvement projects and to facilitate the development of affordable housing throughout the state's oil-producing counties.