The Minnesota House proposal for state public works projects includes some bonding dollars for local projects, but a Mankato lawmaker is disappointed that others failed to make the cut.
Representative Jack Considine is pleased that Minnesota State University – Mankato will receive some money for renovations and repairs. “MSU’s Clinical Science bill was in there, and also they were high enough on the HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement) list that the library’s roof is scheduled to get fixed, too,” he explained.
However, the kitchen climate control revamp at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter wasn’t on the list, and Considine said that’s a safety concern for food service workers there. He said, “I think that’s a tragedy waiting to happen. We have people cooking meals there in the summer in excess of 100 degree temperatures and that heating and cooling system needs to be fixed.”
Considine is hopeful that the project will be squeezed in before the legislation is finalized; and he has the same hope for roof repairs at South Central College’s North Mankato and Faribault campuses. He explained, “If you go up there and it’s raining you’re walking around trash cans and garbage pails because there is water coming out of the ceiling. That’s unacceptable, and the longer you wait the worse those problems get and the more expensive it is to fix them.”
He said the state has not done an adequate job in recent years of preserving state buildings and facilities, and that’s a trend that needs to change in the future.