Minot gains access to $5 million for flood protection property buyouts

MINOT, N.D. - The city of Minot has found a new money source to aid in the property buyout process for the long-term flood protection plan.

The Ward County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow the city to have access to roughly $5 million that the State Water Commission had allocated to the county shortly after the 2011 flood.

The county had used that money to buy out roughly 80 properties.

The commissioners also voted to send letters to three remaining holdouts who had not responded yet as to whether to let the county buy out their land.

Minot Finance Director David Lakefield brought the issue before the Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

“The state is a little bit reserved because funding isn't coming in quite as quickly as they anticipated, so they were a little bit hesitant on releasing additional funds for acquisitions,” said Lakefield.

In August the State Water Commission approved nearly $63 million for most of the construction of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan.

Bids are currently out for much of the work on the first three phases of the plan.