The City of Blue Earth has dispersed much of the federal coronavirus aid, relief and economic security act funds it has received, but the Council learned there is still $49,000 remaining.
After discussing a variety of possible uses, the Council voted to give the money to the Blue Earth Economic Development Authority to continue to fund $1,000 grants to local businesses.
EDA Specialist Amy Schaeffer reported she had $38,000 on hand in original EDA funding, but had now received 49 more requests for grants.
The Council looked at other possible ways to spend the money, including on technology for the Council Chambers at City Hall, the meeting room at the Ag Center and the meeting room at the Public Safety Building.
Council Members believed using the money to help local businesses is the best use of the funds.
In other business, the Council agreed to a new three year recycling contract with B&B Sanitation that would include an increase of 5%, going from $4.35 per bin, to $4.56, as of November 1st.
The Council also agreed to an increase in the Blue Earth Fire Department Relief Association’s benefit level from $2,425 to $2,500 per year of service.