|2/14/2020 10:29:00 AM|
Taylors Falls Council briefs...
The agenda before the Taylors Falls City Council, member Ross Rivard absent, was a quick one Monday this week, Two grant opportunities were authorized for city groups to apply for: one is a communications radio funding program through FEMA and the other monies would be for the HPC to compile design standards guidelines for Angel Hill.
Heritage Preservation Commission representative Geri Aanonsen told council the city wasn’t selected for the grants through Legacy or Certified Local Government programs when it applied last round-- but the city is encouraged to apply again. The grant applications are due March 6 and early April.
John Tangen, council liaison to the HPC, said having the standards readily available for people to review will be “more proactive” and make for better communications with homeowners.
There is one vacancy on the HPC if any residents are interested in serving. Contact city hall for details.
The FEMA funding would help offset costs to the city for emergency radio replacements. Mary Jo Murphy, council liaison to the radio contract group, said the cities are asked to contribute $100 toward a professional grant writer to improve chances. The 10 or so cities involved are on the ARMER system and are seeking this federal funding cooperatively.
The FEMA fund awards are prioritized to firefighters, and sums re not known, the dispersal is determined later.
In his report Mayor Mike Buchite mentioned he’d been on a ride-along in the new plow truck with staff. They are very pleased with the purchase and it is making their job more efficient and enjoyable, the mayor added. The old truck got $32,000 in the trade-in, which will go into a future capital need.
The city is re-visiting the Bench Street fence project with the part time engineer-zoning administrator consultant meeting with possible contractors, Buchite added. It is hoped the fiscal side can be worked out and the fence can be done this spring.