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Published August 22, 2011, 10:27 PM

GF Council Committee Recommends $200K Donation to Flooded Minot

The Grand Forks City Council's Finance Committee is recommending the city donate around $200,000 to the other side of North Dakota. City officials say after a very wet summer, the money is needed much more out west.

GRAND FORKS, ND - The Grand Forks City Council's Finance Committee is recommending the city donate around $200,000 to the other side of North Dakota.

City officials say after a very wet summer, the money is needed much more out west.

In addition to keeping Grand Forks' best interests in mind, the city's Finance Committee gave a shout out to places like Minot, trying to stay afloat.

"This isn't much of a favor, but the funds are there and we should get it back to the western part of the state," Finance Committee chair Doug Christensen said.

The Finance recommended at its meeting Monday night that $200,000 left in the 2011 HOME funds allocated to Grand Forks be donated.

Grand Forks usually gets about $300,000 per year to provide affordable housing for people. Giving up this money answers a plea sent all over the state.

"Requesting the city voluntarily relinquishes or donates any unobligated 2011 HOME funds to assist our neighbors to the west," community development manager Meredith Richards said.

A letter from the North Dakota department of commerce, which outlines the need for affordable housing out west, looks to possibly re-allocate 2012 HOME funds.

"They may decide it's a better use of those funds to spend them more heavily in the west than here in Grand Forks," Richards said.

Christensen looks to $52 million-worth of help from the state after the 1997 flood as a guideline for working together.

"It's our turn to help and we should," Christensen said.

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