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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
APRIL 14, 2009
TUESDAY @ 4:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:05 PM.
 
Present: Abrahamson, Hanson, Peterson, Scott, Sorenson
Absent: Broten, Niemiste
Also Present: Lamppa
 
Visitors: Kotzian, Summit, Majerle
 
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to approve the minutes of February 10, 2009 and March 10, 2009.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Scott supported by Abrahamson to accept the agenda as presented.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Jodi Summit, from the Timberjay, presented an ad for the Summer Times. Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to have Kotzian call Grabko at S.E.H. to see if they would split cost of his ad with the City.  All yes.  Motion carried.
No report had been received from Director Grabko.  Sorenson reported that TEDA's request for assistance from the Crookston EDA Center has been reviewed somewhat favorably.  Also, Blandin's assistance for a TEDA director will not available this year and this most likely applies to 2010.
Nothing new to report on the clinic or pharmacy.
Hanson presented a motion about TEDA responsibilities that he wanted TEDA to approve so that he could present it to the City Council.  A discussion on TEDA's roll and direction followed with the TEDA Board asking Hanson to revise his motion and then get back to each member.
Motion by Sorenson supported by Hanson to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to adjourn.  Time:  5:30 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa, Secretary

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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
FEBRUARY 10, 2009
TUESDAY @ 4:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorensen at  4:04 PM.
 
Present: Broten, Hanson, Sorensen, Niemiste, Peterson, Scott
Absent: Abrahamson, Broten
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko
 
Visitors: Kotzian, Jodi Summit
 
Motion by Scott supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of January 13, 2009.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Scott to accept the agenda as presented.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Public Input: Jodi Summit spoke about the Farmers Market that is being planned for the summer of 2009.  She also informed the board about the logging that is to be done by MN Power in the area south of town in a Cedar stand.  After some citizen concern, the route is being reviewed.
Tim Kotzian spoke about the $150,000 of commercial rehab grant from IRR that the City is applying.  He requested that TEDA write a letter of support.
Motion by Hanson supported by Scott to have Grabko and Sorensen write a letter of support.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Sorensen talked about attendance at meetings.  He suggested that maybe a policy on this issue is needed.
Director Report:  Grabko reported that EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is soliciting requests from communities to seek direct technical assistance to support their economic development activities.
Grabko also request approval to send a letter to Blandin Foundation to seek funds to support a directors position and a letter to the Greater MN Housing Fund to present Tower as a candidate for the Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation Pilot Project.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to apply for assistance from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston; to send a letter to the Blandin Foundation for funding for a TEDA Director; and send a letter to the Greater MN Housing Fund to be a part of their Neighborhood Revitalization Project.   All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Scott to approve Dick Grabkos assistance to TEDA until the Directors issue is settled.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Grabko left at 5:00 PM.
Scott reported that she had heard from two doctors, one from Ely and the other from the Laurentian Clinic.  There is interest in providing a clinic in Tower however Tower would need to provide the space.  The doctors said that they would help find a physicians assistant.
Kotzian spoke about the need for an additional wastewater pond.  He suggested that Dick Grabko and Dave Sorensen put together a presentation for the TBWWB on the need for sewer expansion.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Scott to adjourn.  Time:  5:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary

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Tower Economic Development Authority
January 13, 2009
Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
Regular Meeting
City Council Chambers

 
The regular meeting of  TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:13 PM.
 
Present: Abrahamson, Scott, Sorenson, Peterson, Hanson
Absent: Niemiste, Broten
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko
Visitors: Kotzian, Jodi Summit
 
Motion by Scott supported by Peterson to approve the minutes of December 16, 2008.   All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by  Scott to approve the agenda with the following  additions:  (1) Historic Harbor and (2) Recruitment and Retention of Businesses.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Public Input:  Jodi Summit, of the Timberjay, wanted to know if TEDA was interested in putting an ad in the 2009 edition of  the “ Fun Times”.  Cost of a half page ad is $598.00.  Tabled until the next meeting.
Motion by Scott supported by Abrahamson to reappoint Steve Peterson to the Tower Economic Development Authority for a six year term as preapproved by the City Council on 1-12-09.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Peterson to appoint the following positions for 2009:
President: David Sorenson
Vice President: Muriel Scott 
Treasurer: Gretchen Niemiste
Asst. Treasurer: Brenda Broten

All yes.  Motion carried.

A discussion was held on the Historic Harbor Project.
Director’s Report: Grabko is meeting with Blandin and IRR to try and secure funding for a TEDA director.
The City of Tower is applying for the IRR $150.000 Commercial Grant Program, which is due by February 1, 2009.
Grabko has been working on the Greater MN Housing Fund application.  This program would benefit both the home owner and commercial district. If TEDA is successful, Greater MN Housing would hire their own person to oversee the project.
Motion by Peterson supported by Abrahamson to allow Grabko to submit the Greater MN Housing Fund application  All yes.  Motion carried.
Grabko will apply for reimbursement of grant writing from the IRR grant fund.
Scott and Hanson have been researching buildings on the Main Street for the possible location of a clinic.  The Timberjay building has room available. The next step would involve getting costs of renovating the space.  Scott and Hanson will continue to work on the clinic project.
Sorenson led a discussion on business recruitment and retention.  Abrahamson volunteered to make some contacts to see if anyone is interested in starting a business in Tower.
Muriel left at 5:37 pm.
The regularly scheduled TEDA meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM.
Motion by Hanson supported by Abrahamson to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson to adjourn.    Time:   6:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary 

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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
DECEMBER 16, 2008
TUESDAY @ 4:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:20 PM.
 
Present: Broten, Hanson, Scott, Sorenson
Absent: Abrahamson, Niemiste, Peterson
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko,
Visitors: Kotzian, Nancy Larsen
 
Motion by Hanson supported by Broten to approve the minutes of November 18, 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to approve the agenda as presented.  All yes.  Motion carried.
A Clinic Study was prepared and presented by Nancy Larson of Community Coaching.
Abrahamson arrived at 4:30 PM.
Steve Peterson arrived at 5:08 PM.
Muriel Scott will head a committee to research clinic size, style, etc. and will report back to TEDA at the next regular meeting.
Grabko gave an update the Neighborhood Redevelopment Project which the City is applying for.
Broten and Hanson left at 5:23 PM.
A discussion was held on what types of businesses are needed in the area and how to attract them.
Motion by Peterson supported Scott to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Abrahamson to adjourn.  Time 5:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa


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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY         
NOVEMBER 18, 2008
MONDAY @ 4:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:00 PM.
 
Present: Sorenson, Peterson, Scott, Abrahamson, Niemiste
Absent: Hanson, Broten
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko
Visitors: None
 
Motion by Scott supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of August 25, 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to approve the agenda with the following additions: Clinic    
All yes.  Motion carried.

Director’s Report: Greater MN Housing Fund  is in the process of developing an Iron Range Neighborhood Revitalization Program and is looking for two pilot communities. A project coordinator can be paid out of these funds. Grabko recommends that the City and/or TEDA apply for this program.
Broten arrived at 4:12 PM.
Richard Walsh of IRR announced a new program “IRR Business Development Improvement Grant”.   This program would allow a $150,000 per building as a grant to TEDA and/or the City.  They in turn would loan this out to old or new businesses at a low interest rate. The interest rate would be determined by TEDA and/or the City.   Repayment of loan would retained by the City and/ or TEDA for further development.
Grabko also reported on a program through St. Louis County dealing with transportation money.
A discussion was held on the TEDA director position and Grabko stated that matching funds are available from the Blandin foundation and IRR for this position.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott authorizing a letter of interest be sent to the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund to become a pilot city for their program.
All yes. Motion carried.

Motion by Peterson supported by Abrahamson authorize Sorenson and Grabko to prepare a presentation to present to Blandin and IRR to build TEDA capacity and funding a director. All yes. Motion carried.
Nancy Larson and Muriel Scott met with officials from the Cook Hospital and the Ely Hospital about the clinic issue. The results of these meetings were not very encouraging.  However, St. Louis County Health Department sees a potential for an outreach clinic and says not to give up yet.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Broten to pay bills for October and November. All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Scott to adjourn.  Time: 5:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary

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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
August 4, 2008
Monday @ 4:00 PM
Regular Meeting
City Council Chambers
 

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:04 PM.
 
Present: Sorenson, Scott, Broten, Peterson
Absent: Abrahamson, Hanson, Neimiste
Also Present: Lamppa, Kotzian
Visitors: None
 
Motion by Scott supported by Broten to approve the minutes of July 7, 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Broten supported by Scott to accept the agenda as presented with the following addition: Clinic. All yes. Motion carried.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT:  Grabko gave an update on the Tower Harbor Project, stating that he is assisting City officials with implementing the Uniform Relocation Act property acquisition standards and has contacted the new DEED representative.
A discussion was held on the existing status/role of the TEDA Interim Director Position and the possibility of a full time director and how to finance this position.
Richard Hanson arrived at 4:37 PM.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to approve the resolution authorizing the sale of the property described as Lot 8 Block 22 in the City of Tower to Donald & Roseann Redetzke for $153,000.  Yes:  Peterson, Scott, Broten. No: Hanson. Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by Scott to pay off the balance of the TEDA House Loan ($28,749.69). All yes. Motion carried. 
The City of Tower purchased the land described as Lot 8 Block 22 and deeded it over to TEDA for the purpose of building a house for resale. The City was to recoup the purchase price once the house was sold. Since TEDA sold the house for less than anticipated, TEDA would like the City to forgive the repayment of the property value. Motion by Broten supported by Scott to ask the city to forgive the land purchase price for Lot 8, Block 22 in the amount $9,252.61. All yes. Motion carried.
Scott gave an update on the clinic issue.
Motion by Scott supported by Broten to approve the use of the $3500 grant for Nancy Larson to proceed with the clinic study.  All yes.  Motion carried.
A discussion was held on having a planning session to identify the goals of TEDA, outcomes expected and the need for a director.  Discussion via email will be used first.
The next TEDA meeting was set for August 25th, due to the first Monday in September being a holiday.
Motion by Hanson supported by Scott to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn Peterson.  5:35 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary


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Tower Economic Development Authority
May 5, 2008
Monday @ 4:00 PM
Regular Meeting  City Hall

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:20 PM. 
 
Present: Peterson, Sorenson, Hanson, Niemiste
Also Present: Lamppa, Kotzian
Absent: Scott, Abrahamson, Broten
Visitors: Mike Larson, Steve Griesert
 
Motion by Hanson supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of April 7, 2008.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Hanson to accept the agenda as presented.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Steve Griesert, Community Partner’s Research,  spoke on the Iron Range Housing Plan and the Housing Expeditor Team which is made up of Steven Griesert, Dick Grabko, and Rick Goodeman.
Mike Larson gave the Director’s report.
Abrahamson arrived at 4:55 PM.
Niemiste reported that TEDA house has been shown a couple of times and that an aggressive advertising is being planned.
Abrahamson gave an update on his trip to the state capitol to talk in favor of the proposed state park issue.
Hanson reported that a Fiber meeting is scheduled for May 20th  at 5:30 PM at the Civic Center.
Motion by Hanson supported by Peterson to pay the bills.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Hanson to adjourn.  Time: 5:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary


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Tower Economic Development Authority
March 3, 2008
Monday @ 4:00 PM
Regular Meeting
City Hall

 
 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:05 PM.
 
Present: Broten, Niemiste, Hanson, Scott, Sorenson, Peterson,
Also Present: Mike Larson, Kotzian, Lamppa
Absent: Abrahamson
Visitors: Jodi Summit
 
Meeting called to order by President Sorenson at 4:05 PM.
Motion by Scott supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of  February 4, 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by Scott to accept the agenda with the following additions:  (1) setback at harbor and (2) Powerain payment.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Director’s report:  Mike Larson was here in place of Dick Grabko. He reported that TEDA is eligible for grant writing services related to the DEED Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program.  Reimbursement of funding in the amount of $3,500 is anticipated.  He also talked about the Public Works Program Application Cycle.
Abrahamson arrived at 4:45 PM.
TEDA house update:  Niemiste reported on the open house and stated that there are people interested but they have a home to sell before they can make a purchase.
A discussion was held on listing it with the realtors at their normal fees instead of a flat rate and Niemiste is also to find out what the realtors believe it will sell for.  Also included in the discussion were the expenses TEDA is accruing each month that the home doesn’t sell.
Motion by Scott supported by Broten to start making the interest payments of $957.28 to the State Bank of Tower.  Payments to be made monthly beginning March 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by Abrahamson to have Niemiste and Scott move the TEDA house, no matter what it takes.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Broten left at 5:07
Scott reported that the Clinic grant had been denied.
Committee discussion tabled.
A discussion was held on the setbacks at the Harbor. TEDA would like the setbacks to be between 30 and 50 feet instead of 50.
Motion by Hanson supported by Scott to ask the city for a variance to allow  setbacks between 30 and 50 feet at the new harbor, pursuant to the engineer‘s recommendation. All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Peterson supported by Niemiste to pay the bills.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by Peterson to adjourn:   Time 5:37 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary


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Tower Economic Development Authority
February 4, 2008
Monday @ 4:00 PM
Regular Meeting
City Council Chambers

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by President Sorenson at 4:08 PM.
 
Present: Hanson, Scott, Sorenson, Peterson
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko,
Absent: Abrahamson, Broten, Niemiste
Visitors: Kotzian, Helmberger
 
Motion by Scott supported by Peterson to approve the minutes of January 7, 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to accept the agenda with the addition of Fiber Optics.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Directors Report:
Regional EDA Concept:  Grabko recommended putting this issue on hold at this time - due to timing, other entities lack of interest and other special taxing districts looking for funding at this time.  He also suggested that TEDA needs (3-4) representatives from outside of TEDA to championship this issue.
Motion by Peterson supported by Hanson to allow Grabko to proceed with the entities that are interested in a Regional EDA and gather further information.  All yes.  Motion carried.
A.  TEDA House Update:
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to have Niemiste start the process of a mortgage and negotiate a lower interest rate.
Motion by Scott supported Hanson to do aggressive marketing strategy on TEDA home.  All yes.  Motion carried.
B.  CLINIC:  Scott received call from Al Vogt from Cook and he is still very much interested. A discussion was held on the contract with S.E.H. for Grabko’s services.
Motion by Hanson supported by Peterson to approve the contract with S.E.H. and Dick Grabko for 2008.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Marshall Helmberger was present to discuss the possibility of TEDA doing a marketing strategy in the Summer Visitor’s Guide. Director Grabko thought that it was a good idea.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to do a half page ad in the Timberjay FunTimes at a price of $575.00.  All yes. Motion carried.
Committees: Table until next meeting.
Hanson gave an update on Fiber Optics.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to pay the bills.
Motion by Peterson supported by Scott to go into closed session.  All yes.  Motion carried.  Time:  5:30 PM.
Meeting reconvened at 5:50 PM.
Motion by Scott supported by Hanson to have Grabko work with Andy Datko to resolve the issue of the unpaid bill of approx 15000. Maybe it can be worked into the relocation issue.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Scott to adjourn: Time  5:57 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Lamppa
TEDA Secretary

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TOWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
JANUARY 7, 2008
MONDAY @4:00 PM
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCILCHAMBERS

 
The regular meeting of TEDA was called to order by Vice President Scott at 4:05 PM.
 
Present: Abrahamson, Scott, Peterson, Niemiste, Broten, Sorenson
Also Present: Lamppa, Grabko
Absent: Hanson
Visitors: Jodi Summit, Timothy Kotzian
 
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Broten to approve the minutes of December 3, 2007.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Sorenson to accept the agenda as presented.
All yes.  Motion carried.
Reorganization:
Motion by Sorenson supported by Peterson to reappoint Broten for a six year term.
Election of Officers:
Sorenson was nominated for president.  No other nominations
Motion by Peterson supported by Broten to appoint Dave Sorenson as President.
All yes.  Motion carried
Motion by Peterson supported by Abrahamson to reappoint Scott as Vice President, Niemiste as Treasurer, Broten as Assistant Treasurer and Lamppa as Secretary.
All yes.  Motion carried.
Director’s report:  Follow up on Regional EDA - Grabko has been in contact with the area townships to get their views following the area meeting.
Tower Business Park Update - relocation of utilities and MnDot 135 Right of Way negotiations are taking place, these must be done before a final plat can be done.
Interim Director contact for S.E.H. is Mike Larson.  Grabko will work with Sorenson and Scott to approve the 2008 work plan.
Niemiste reported that the TEDA home has been shown a couple of times this past week.  Staging the home and an open house planned for February.

 

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