At the monthly Chamber luncheon Monday, April 15, Mayor Brandt Rydell was the guest speaker, and talked about the city's plans to issue $13 million in debt and how it will be spread across the community.

Rydell said recent drainage projects helped during the 7.27 inches of rain Taylor received April 6-7.

"I think all in all for the city it was a success story in that the flooding wasn't worse as it might have been in years previous," Rydell said. "That had to do with some of the drainage projects we have undertaken."

He also acknowledged that the dry conditions helped prevent flooding.

Rydell said the city has moved forward some "pretty major" infrastructure improvements. He said the council will issue debt for a little more than $13 million to address streets, drainage, utilities and other infrastructure needs.

"On streets we're going to allocate a little over $4 million towards some rebuilds," he said. "We know there are a lot of needs in Taylor when it comes to streets."

While he did not have the list, he said there are seven different projects in which an engineering firm has analyzed the streets.

For drainage, the city is looking to spend about $2.3 million.

"For both of these funding sources, your tax rate is not going to be affected by this, the street work is going to be paying for that through the Transportation User Fee," he said.

He said MDUS funds will also be used to help address drainage.

"The Memorial Day floods helped us open our eyes to a lot more drainage needs that we might not had otherwise identified prior to that point," Rydell said.

According to Rydell, the projects are rated on the level of severity. He said the city rates the projects one through three.

Level one is if water is in the structure and people can document that they have had flooding in their homes.

Level two is if people say they have had flooding in their homes, but have not documented the problem.

Level three is when the structure is not in danger, but there may be pooling on the property.

"We're working through a list, and we're being very systematic about this," Rydell said. "We've got more needs in the community than we can get to, but we're working on it."

A little more than $4.5 million will go towards water and wastewater improvements.

At the treatment plant, the city will replace an influent pump and vowel system, and determine which water and wastewater lines need to be upgraded. There will also be a portable lift station for wastewater.

In addition to these items, $2 million will go towards other projects including improvements at the animal shelter and a new justice center that will house both the police department and municipal court.

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