The October EDA Board Meeting began with discussion of the Veteran’s Park current financial and physical status. With the donations from local businesses, individuals from the community, and matching funds from LA Amundson Partnership and First Security Bank, over $30,000 were raised to pay for Phase One of the park.
There was also a great deal of donated time done by local businesses as well. All of the donors of this time and money will be recognized in a prominent location at the park as part of the Phase Two planning. The proposed budget for Phase One was over $26,000, and the costs to date are under $23,000. The EDA Board was pleased with the financial numbers, as the efforts towards Phase One come to a close. The five flags signifying the military branches, the POW Flag, and the U.S. Flag, along with the lighting are all now on display. The retaining wall should be completed by the end of November, weather permitting. Planning for Phase Two will begin over the coming weeks and months so that when spring returns, work can begin to complete the park.
The EDA Coordinator gave his monthly report, which included information on the “On the Job Training Program” which is going to be ready to implement, with some of the local businesses and seniors from the two local high schools, at the start of this school year’s second semester in January.
The city attorney is currently dealing with the final couple of delinquent EDA loans.
City Manager, Mark Kober, shared information with the EDA Board regarding the progress of the work being done on the Snow property.
There was also some brief discussion on having the EDA Board begin to think about what the focus might be on the goal setting for the EDA in 2013. This will be the major purpose of the Annual EDA Board Planning Meeting coming up in a couple of months. A few good ideas were shared, and will be discussed in more detail at the planning meeting.