Star Tribune: Park Board delays vote on hydro project again

Park Board delays vote on hydro project again
May 6, 2004

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday to delay its vote on a contentious project to divert water from the Mississippi River and produce hydroelectric power near St. Anthony Falls.

The 7-1 decision means the board won’t decide until May 19 whether to grant privately held Crown Hydro a requested 50-year lease with a 50-year option to renew on land on the historic Cataract Mill site.

The board had been scheduled to decide Wednesday night after postponing the original vote in April.

With Commissioner Marie Hauser absent, the board was about evenly divided in its support for the project. At least six of the nine commissioners must approve the lease for it to pass.