Lyon Co. approves stimulus funding for lift station projects

MARSHALL — Cities in Lyon County are still requesting federal stimulus funds to help with needed improvement projects. This week, Lyon County Commissioners approved funding for Minneota and Lynd to make updates to their wastewater lift stations.

In May, the county had set a plan for dividing up funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Their breakdown made a total of $1.9 million available for 11 cities in Lyon County. Cities could request up to a certain amount of funding, based on their population size. The maximum request for cities of 200 or more people was $200,000.

Previously, the county had approved ARPA funding for projects including water and sewer updates in the city of Russell, updates to the water meter system in the city of Garvin, equipment purchases for ambulance services in Lyon County, and a new radio paging system for the county’s emergency responders.

On Tuesday, Minneota city administrator Shirley Teigland and wastewater operator Tim DeVlaeminck presented commissioners with a request for the $200,000 maximum in funding. The money would be used to help update the city’s lift stations.

“The equipment is coming to its life’s end,” Teigland said.

The Minneota City Council agreed to move forward with making needed updates to all three of the city’s lift stations.

The city of Lynd was also seeking funding to help with a wastewater lift station — in this case, purchasing a backup generator for the lift station.

“Our second lift station on the golf course side (of Lynd) does not have a backup power source,” said Lynd Mayor Justin Guggisberg.

The backup generator would help keep the lift station running in case of a power outage.

Guggisberg said Lynd was seeking around $67,000 for the generator.

In separate votes, county commissioners approved each of the requests.

“It’s going to be put to a good use,” Commissioner Gary Crowley said of the requested funding.


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