The City of Humboldt is moving ahead with its intent to create a stormwater detention pond in Carl Schenn Park on Humboldt’s west side. Chronic problems with flooding in the Barnes and Dust crescent areas prompted an initial study, and now the pursuit of Federal grant money. At Monday’s City Council Meeting, Council approved a recommendation to apply for an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) grant that could cover up to 73 percent of the estimated $1.6 million cost. With the deadline for the application closing in, Council was encouraged to approve the recommendation for the application.

Humboldt has benefitted from a previous ICIP grant that funded much of the wastewater expansion project. Now the hope is that grant adjudicators will see fit to award Humboldt additional funding for the initial storm retention project, which is currently in the design phase. 

Should the grant be successful, the City would be responsible for the remaining 27 percent of the project, amounting to $436,808. The City has also applied for a grant through the Natural Infrastructure Fund.