East Grand Forks City Council members approve resolution to allow city to use state aid funds for project

The funds will go toward replacing traffic signals and installing a pedestrian crosswalk

East Grand Forks City Hall
East Grand Forks City Hall. File photo Brandi Jewett/ Grand Forks Herald

EAST GRAND FORKS – Members of the East Grand Forks City Council approved a resolution allowing the city to use state aid funds to pay for a project over the summer.

The project will entail replacing the traffic signals at Highway 220 and 14th Street as well as installing a pedestrian crosswalk system at Highway 220 and 17th Street. The city will be responsible for half of the cost for the project, which is estimated to be $242,599.96.

The city intended to use state aid allocation funds to pay for the work, but it was found that if the city used these funds the plans for the project would have to be approved by a Minnesota Department of Transportation state aid engineer before bids are opened, which the city did not receive.

With the council’s approval, the city will request a variance from MNDOT to approve the plans after the bid opening. That will allow the city to still use the funds to pay for its share of the project.

In other council news Monday:


  • Council members moved to authorize Roof Spec Inc. to start the bidding process for Fire Station One’s roof replacement. The estimated cost of the project is $244,046.
  • Approved the replacement of the front roof canopy at the Senior Citizens Center at the cost of $16,200 from Skinner Roofing. A total of $25,000 is budgeted in the building maintenance fund for the project.
  • Approved to authorize the East Grand Forks Fire Department to promote Austin Skjei to the position of assistant fire chief and Hunter Olson to the position of engineer, starting March 30. The promotions come as current Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Anderson will retire March 29.
Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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