Dayton seeks Met Council help on stadium issues

Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter this week to Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh requesting her agency’s help in evaluating the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium site in Arden Hills.

The governor’s office released the letter today. Dayton said that he now wants to sharpen the focus on the proposal and address remaining issues.

“I would like to ascertain the potential risk, if any, of the proposal and suggest ways to mitigate or eliminate any exposure to the public, Dayton wrote. “At a minimum, an analysis of potential risks should include, but not be limited to, an examination of the requirements of an Environmental Impact Statement and Alternative Urban Areawide Review, remediation needs, transportation needs, costs and cot-overrun exposures, scheduling issues, funding projections, and permitting permitting and approval issues.”

Dayton has said he would be open to calling a special session to address a Vikings stadium bill. The governor hs not set any specific timetable, but in the letter he wrote that “time is of the essence.”

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