Chatfield Hoping Bonding Bill Gets Signed

Created: 05/19/2014 6:39 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The $1.1 Billion bonding bill is on Governor Dayton's desk awaiting signature. The bill includes projects across the state. In Chatfield, if the money is approved, $5 million will be going towards the arts.

For the fifth year, the city of Chatfield has asked for state bonding money to upgrade the city's art center.

"It's been a long haul. We've learned a lot there's been ups and downs. We've been in the final bill in the past, like we are now. But we're in a good spot," said Joel Young, the city clerk.

For the first time, they got it.  

"The engineers who've looked at that, the architects who've looked at that have told us that was designed and constructed to last hundreds of years. It's our turn to re-invest. It just wouldn't be right not to," said Young.

The $5.3 million in bonding money will bring in upgrades to heating, plumbing and air conditioning. It will even include new seating in the auditorium.

"Another key thing would be an elevator to access the second floor," said Young.

But even more importantly, the hope is that it will continue the tradition of dance, music, and art in the City of Chatfield.

"People need a place to let out their creativity. And people need a place to come and be entertained. And this auditorium does that," added Young.

Again, the bill has been approved by both the House and the Senate, but still needs to be signed by Governor Dayton.

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