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City Administrator Offers Council Updates

By Jane Whitmore - | Apr 20, 2021

by Jane Whitmore

Emmetsburg City Administrator Kim Kibbie presented a series of updates to members of Emmetsburg City Council at their meeting Monday, April 12.

Kibbie began with an update on the American Rescue Plan Act.

“The American Rescue Plan Act was signed by President Biden with $55.1 billion that is supposed to be going to cities,” Kibbie said. “Emmetsburg is estimated to get $510,000, which is strictly an estimate at this time. They are supposed to be getting us more information on eligible use and guidelines.”

She then advised the council about grant funding for exterior housing improvements.

“We are also working on a CDBG Housing Rehab grant for exterior house improvements,” Kibbie told the council. Gretchen Reichter, Emmetsburg’s Marketing and Retail Coordin- ator, is working on that for the city. Kibbie said the city is looking at taking pre-applications to see how many people are interested in applying for the grants. (See story on page 1 of The Democrat.)

“You might remember years ago, we had a housing rehab grant that was inside and outside,” Kibbie added. “This (the current grant) is strictly for the exterior home improvements. Our goal is to help beautify Emmetsburg. We’re looking at any option and way to get money to help our citizens make things look better.”

Councilmen were asked to review an Urban Renewal Agreement with Palo Alto County.

“You probably remember when we were doing our urban renewal update with HyVee, part of the process is to have the cities, the schools and the county all have to agree and sign off,” Kibbie told councilmen. “This is part of the process. They (the county) are trying to change their urban renewal. What they’re going to add is Courthouse Square so that they can add the Safety Center into it and add tiff dollars.”

She recommend signing the agreement. Councilmen voted to approve.

Emmetsburg City Councilmen approved a resolution amending naming official city depository. In previous years the city has had a maximum balance in each named depository of $4,000,000. Auditors recommended that the city increase the maximum balance to $5,000,000. City depositories are Iowa Trust & Savings Bank, Emmetsburg; Laurens State Bank, Emmetsburg; and Wells Fargo Bank, Emmetsburg.

In other business, councilmen accepted the resignation of Austin Noll from the public works department and authorized advertising for a replacement. Councilmen also approved hiring Gretchen Hofstad as Community Center bartender and Somer Hudson as Community Center bartender/ server.