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Grants, loans near $3 million in county

Kathy Gaalswyk, of the Initiative Foundation, reported to the Wadena County Board that grants awarded and other projects funded by the Initiative Foundation in Wadena County total $2,827,585, plus $775,654 in project investments within the county.

An online relief fund set up by the Foundation for helping in the aftermath of the tornado has brought in an additional $81,000. The Initiative Foundation currently has $150,000 in loan funds available to businesses affected by the tornado. Gaalswyk asked for payment of the county's pledge for fiscal year 2010, in the amount of $1,600, and requested consideration in the county's fiscal year 2011 budget. Payment was approved by the board.

Deana Skov, zoning and parks director, requested board approval for budget amendments to reflect changes due to the recently created separate GIS Department. The board approved the amendments as presented.

Highway Engineer Ryan Odden presented the board with two resolutions regarding construction projects to be done using state and federal funding. During the Aug. 19 meeting, a resolution was approved for the combined projects. However, the state of Minnesota requested that a separate resolution be adopted for each project. An additional $3,266.50 in bonding money was given to Wadena County as well. The resolutions were adopted as presented. Odden also reported that CSAH 2 bridge project was opened to traffic on Sep. 3.

Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan presented a resolution of support for the city of Perham's Capital Assistance Program application for expansion and improvement of the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. The resolution of support was adopted unanimously.

The board adopted a resolution declaring a market price for the Solid Waste Management Tax at $63.89 per ton, based on contract and tipping fee and transportation per ton at the Dakota Landfill.

Kari Tomperi, Soil and Water Conservation District, asked for board support to apply for a grant for the Wadena County Fairgrounds. The grant requires a 25 percent match, of which can be in-kind matching. In order to apply for the grant, the county must first support the grant and provide for a long-term maintenance agreement. Four proposals were presented; however, one particular option can not be decided upon without knowing an exact dollar amount until after the grant is awarded. The board decided to apply for the grant and work with other entities for long-term maintenance and the cash portion of the match should not exceed $7,500. In other action, the board pproved an application for a low income septic grant in the amount of $5,400.