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Published October 04, 2010, 09:18 PM

Heritage Center Asks City Commission for More Funding

Money was a huge topic at tonight's Devils Lake City Commission Meeting. The Devils Lake City Budget is done for next year, yet there are still lots of things that need more money.

The Devils Lake City Budget has been set at around 14-million dollars, but there are still groups asking the commission to consider to fund their projects.

George Zenk, board member of the Heritage Center, says "this is the start of the 4th quarter of this year and I would like to formally request that we get the 4th quarter payment as you have been doing this year."

The City has been giving the Heritage center $3000 from the infrastructure fund each quarter.

Now they're asking for this to continue next year.

Zenk says they'll need "somewhere in the neighborhood of between $18-19,000."

The Museum does have the mill levee on the ballot in November but if it were to pass by 60-percent majority vote, the money would not be available until 2012.

"So we're going to be in need of some continuing assistance for the year," said Zenk.

The Commission is providing the center with the $3000 for this quarter, but still have to consider the next year because this years budget is done and other projects in the infrastructure fund need the money.

Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson says "It makes it very difficult when we get a lot of requests that are late."

Johnson said the Heritage Center needs to find a way to become self-sufficient.

Commissioner Craig Stromme says the museums are an important part of the history of Devils Lake and the Commission will try and do their best to help.