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October 23, 2013

Port Authority approves grants worth $17,200

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Dehen suggested adding this condition in part because the building has received Port Authority grants in the past, totaling $5,116.

The Port Authority also appeared to support a plan to put all five City Council members on the seven-member Port Authority, though it did not vote on the measure.

“I think it’s wonderful to have the whole City Council on the Port Authority,” Arnold said. Port Authority Member Greg Abbott also said he liked the idea.

Two residents would still be able to lend their expertise to the body, and the addition of council members is seen as a boon to the commission’s transparency.

Harrenstein asked the commission about its desires for the future of the grant program, which is funded this year by $20,000 in sales tax money. The city is in the midst of rewriting its economic development policies.

No one on the committee suggested that the grant program should end, so it appears likely to continue.

In a related issue, the city and Port Authority have put four documents online related to the ongoing discussions, including a summary of a survey given to a working group of 32 residents.

The documents are at www.northmankato.com. From there, place the cursor over “economic development,” then click “economic development policies.”

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