The Shelby City Council meeting held on Monday, April 20, opened with a public hearing in regards to the water infrastructure preliminary engineering report (PER) and Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) and the Renewable Resources Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) grant opportunities.

Mayor Gary McDermott and Finance Officer Jade Goroski reviewed the water system infrastructure PER and noted the additional priorities, which include emergency generators, telemetry, needs at the booster stations and additional storage.

It was decided that City officials will work with TD&H Engineering to include the additional priorities and another public hearing has been scheduled for May 4 for final approval of the PER.

Community Development Director Lorette Carter discussed the guidelines in seeking council approval for the TSEP and RRG programs. Another public hearing with resolutions to authorize the submission of the applications will be held on May 4 as project priorities and financing options were not available.

Carter also gave an overview of the CDBG Program Income Plan and the events leading to the creation of the lending/grant program using CDBG Program income funds the City had recaptured from previous CDBG housing programs. Local CPA, Steve Nichols, inquired about the makeup of the loan committee and the ranking criteria and Council members asked about the guidelines of CDBG in relation to the private investment and other funds committed through the Toole County Forward campaign. All were assured the CDGB guidelines would be followed in focusing on job retention to those of low to moderate income within the assistance area, which is the corporate city limits of Shelby.

The Council then moved on to take action on a few items. They approved Resolution No. 2014 in regards to the mayor’s spending authorization and the CDBG Economic Program Plan. They also unanimously approved all reports and claims.

Before adjourning the Council approved the water meter purchase up to $75,000 and the gravel purchase up to $15,000.

The next City Council meeting will take place on May 4, starting at 6:30 p.m., and will include a public hearing. Meetings are open to the public (within social distancing guidelines) or you can contact your Council member or City Hall (434-5222) with any comments or questions.

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