Conway acknowledged Kathy Henry’s onerous work to help town and Hubbard County with their COVID-19 Enterprise Help Program.
Within the first two rounds of grants, he mentioned, 24 companies – 18 of them in Park Rapids – had been awarded grants totaling roughly $835,844, Conway mentioned. Funds had been additionally given to companies in Akeley and Nevis and the townships of Henrietta, Todd, Fern and Lake Alice.
Section 3 started Oct. 6 he mentioned, and functions will shut on Oct. 22.
“I’m pleading that in the event you personal a enterprise in Hubbard County and you haven’t utilized for these grants, please apply,” mentioned Conway, noting that greater than half of the COVID aid funds allotted to Hubbard County stay and any unspent stability as of Nov. 15 have to be paid again.
“In case you personal a enterprise that has suffered a lack of income due to COVID-19, we have to get the functions to Heartland Lakes Improvement Fee,” he mentioned.
Mayor Ryan Leckner suggested enterprise house owners questioning methods to apply to speak to their native financial institution. “There’s lots of people keen to assist them get by this, if it appears to be like intimidating to fill out the paperwork,” he mentioned.
Conway mentioned Henry, Julie Kjenaas on the HLDC, and employees at each financial institution within the county are able to advise enterprise house owners about their eligibility and assist them by the applying course of.
Council member Liz Stone mentioned she has heard two enterprise house owners say they didn’t apply for the grant as a result of they didn’t suppose they might qualify.
Conway mentioned the factors to qualify for the help have been eased since Section 1, corresponding to asking for a verification relatively than a state certificates of fine standing, reducing the income loss requirement from 30 to twenty %, and providing to pay not 50 however one hundred pc of a loss as much as $20,000.
“I don’t suppose it’s too daunting,” Conway mentioned. “There’s acquired to be companies on the market that haven’t utilized and certain might use it.”
Town council accepted a $36,871 bid from Techcheck of Sartell, Minn. to switch the pc server and backup system at metropolis corridor.
The acquisition is to be made utilizing CARES Act funds, for the reason that improve will permit metropolis employees to earn a living from home if wanted as a result of COVID-19 work restrictions.
Primarily based on a federal appropriation to pay bills attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, CARES Act monies have to be spent by Nov. 15.
Interim metropolis administrator Betty Thomsen mentioned that Deb Freund with Northwoods Laptop Service sought bids from two different firms, Microtech Laptop Middle of Park Rapids and Bytespeed of Moorhead, however solely Techcheck responded with an estimate based mostly on this brief timeline.
Council member Erika Randall moved to just accept the Techcheck bid, and the movement handed unanimously.