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Winsted council approves loans to spruce up downtown businesses
Sept. 6, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council, during its meeting Sept. 3, reviewed two applications for the business beautification forgivable loan program, which is intended to improve the appearance of downtown businesses.

The council approved a $2,438 loan for Sam and Emma Oglesby for Salon 210.

The council also approved a $5,000 loan for Deborah Keaveny, owner of Keaveny Drug.

Both projects involve improvements to the exterior of the buildings. The Keaveny project exceeded $5,000, but the maximum loan amount to be allocated to a single business is $5,000, so the maximum amount was approved.

Airport project

The council adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor and city administrator to execute all necessary grant documents related to the reconstruction of turf runway 9-27, along with new lighting, in order to expedite the grant approval process with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Field improvements

The council also adopted a resolution authorizing the Winsted Baseball Association to make improvements at Denis M. Campbell Field, as discussed during previous meetings.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• rescheduled the council meeting and workshop from Tuesday, Nov. 5 to Wednesday, Nov. 6 due to the school district special election.

• approved a conditional offer of employment for Mathew Schlechter for a part-time maintenance position.

• heard a report from City Clerk-Treasurer Raquel Kirchoff summarizing the activities of the administration department since her last report in March.

• heard from City Administrator Adam Birkholz that the Winsted Municipal Airport will be closed until spring 2020 due to the runway project.

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