Mayor’s Minutes: Robbinsdale’s Bill Blonigan
Robbinsdale Mayor Bill Blonigan was happy to share updates about two major projects in his city: the recently-completed water treatment plant and a busy summer of road reconstruction projects.
He spoke about these and more during his latest Mayor’s Minutes visit with CCX Media’s Dave Kiser.
The water treatment plant, the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history, was completed in 2022 but Blonigan said citizens have been enjoying coming to see the new facility for themselves during tours and the grand opening earlier this year.
“What we’ve done is make safe, softened water so the citizenry can have a larger bill for their water but that’s ameliorated by the fact that you can turn off your water softener and fill your water bottles with drinking water,” said Blonigan.
He also lauded the city’s efforts on the summer’s main road reconstruction projects, along Hubbard Avenue North, 36th Avenue North, Grimes Avenue, and France Avenue. The total cost was $5 million, and Blonigan said in some cases, pipes and water mains as many as 100 years old were replaced, along with many upgrades installed for better pedestrian access.
“I really want to thank the citizens that have been so patient in dealing with this,” he said. “It’s going to help us, we’re going to have more efficient delivery of water, and we’re going to have back-up systems, and this is just a once-in-every-three-generations situation. I’m glad to get it done.”
Blonigan said work continues on the city’s next budget, with staff getting the proposed budget levy to 8%, though he hopes city council can lower that to closer to 6%.