Tourism grants given
Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:01am admin
—Cresco Council approves $4,643.63
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Cresco - Grants were approved for local projects through the hotel/motel tax. Council learned the results at the April 6 remote Cresco City Council meeting. A total of $9,900 was requested and about half was approved.
The Beadle Park Log Cabin’s $1,200 project was denied. Reasoning was the Historical Society has outstanding funds from a previous project. Beadle Park will be taken care of at a later date.
Annual marketing for Cresco requested $2,500 and was granted $1,400. Tourism was up 4.82% from the previous year.
“An Immigrant’s Christmas” from Cresco Area Ecumenical Choir requested $700, and was awarded half at $350.
Howard County Fair requested $3,500 and was granted $1,890.
Family Fun Nights 2020 through Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce requested $2,000 and was given a little over half at $1,060.
• In other business from the meeting, Public Works Director Rod Freidhof updated members on the maintainer the Street Department is looking at. It is a 1995 county unit priced at $55,000. An oil sample was done on it and the city-owned 1982 model. “Both tested high for copper. With the trade-in value of ours, the county’s maintainer would cost $342.75. The transmission could run forever or not. To rebuild it would be about $25,000.”
Signs and posts were replaced for some city signage.
Cresco received a $3,500 grant from Alliant Energy for trees. “We were just one of 31 in the state to get funded,” Freidhof stated.
He wanted to remind all residents to only flush toilet paper.
• The first reading of Ordinance 483, pertaining to raising water rates by 3% was approved. The raise would be effective July 1, 2020.
Within the city, rates are $5.18 per 1,000 gallons for the first 7,000 used. The next 60,000 used would be $4.73 per 1,000, and all over 67,000 gallons at $4.33 per 1,000.
Outside the city, rates are $10.36 per 1,000 gallons for the first 7,000 gallons used. The next 60,000 used would be $9.46 per 1,000, and all over 67,000 at $8.65 per 1,000 gallons.
• The first reading of Ordinance 484, pertaining to raising sewer rates by 3% was approved. This would also be effective July 1, 2020.
Within the city, rates are $8.84 per 1,000 gallons.
Outside the city, rates are $17.67 per 1,000, and $3.50 will be billed for the Capital Improvement Fund.
• Council authorized the Deputy Clerk and Utility Billing Clerk to be able to log into the City’s computer system remotely during this time of employees working from home.
• Members wanted to know more about how funds would stay in Cresco if they donated to the Howard County Disaster Recovery Program.
• The City of Cresco is allowing an RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) Business Continuation Loan for a maximum of $5,000. Seven applications had been received on April 6, with the due date of April 13.