Distribution of grant funds to cities from Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation takes on a new dimension in 2013.
"Emmetsburg, and all cities in the county, will receive dollars directly from PACGDC on a per capita basis," City Administrator John Bird told the council. "It will be up to each city to determine how those funds will be allocated among their respective departments
"This is good news for us, but it comes with the burden of deciding which departments receive funding," he added.
Bird noted that a grant application form has been developed by the city. The application will be distributed to city departments and committees.
"Anybody applying needs to go through the same process as before," noted Mayor Myrna Heddinger. "There will need to be some type of scoring process for the committee reviewing the applications."
The question of who would serve on the committee was put before the council. Should the committee include city council members; council and city staff; council, city staff and citizens?
Councilman Steve Finer suggested members of the Finance Committee and the Mayor serve on the review committee.
"That way it would change with every election," he said.
The Finance Committee includes the two at-large positions (Brian Campbell and Bill Burdick, Jr.) who are elected by the entire city; and the two most tenured council representatives (Steve Finer and Corey Gramowski). The Mayor is also elected by al residents of the city.
Councilman Corey Gramowski agreed. "We're all elected to represent everybody."
Councilman Brian Campbell pointed out, "This will enable departments to make long term goals.
Finer added, "Now, if we know we're going to get a certain amount of money, we can plan better. Before, we were dependent on PACGDC and if a project didn't get funded a couple years in a row, it was hard to plan."
Emmetsburg City Council unanimously passed a Resolution of Recognition of Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation.
In other business, newly elected State Representative Megan Hess and State Senator David Johnson attended the council meeting. They invited the council, and the public, to a Post-Election Thank You Party this Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Senior Center, 2008 11th Street, Emmetsburg. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m.
Council members approved over a dozen resolutions authorizing applica- tions for grant funding from Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation.
Resolutions are for:
E-Hawk Flag Football to seek grant funding for equipment
Emmetsburg St. Patrick's Association to seek grant funding for equipment
Emmetsburg Public Library to seek grant funding for microfilming and digital scanning
Emmetsburg Public Library to seek grant funding for a startup collection of TV shows on video
Emmetsburg Fire Department to seek grant funding to extend the existing truck bay
Emmetsburg Rotary Club to seek grant funding for Phase 2B of the Veteran's Memorial Wall
Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce to seek grant funding for a Business Builders Fund
Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce to seek grant funding for equipment for the Chamber Channel
Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce to seek grant funding for banners
Emmetsburg Community Garden to seek grant funding for a water system
City of Emmetsburg to seek grant funding for audio/visual media center
Emmetsburg Cemetery Board to seek grant funding for a map display project
Members of Emmetsburg City Council voted to dispense with the Dec. 24 council meeting. The City Council's next meeting will be Jan. 14, 2013.