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Northome Council holds public hearing

A special housing rehab public hearing was held by the Northome City Council before its regular meeting April 4.

Council members present were Mayor Larry Salmonson and Councilmembers Jerry Struss and Mickey Guderian. Absent were councilmen Bill Eitenmiller and Jack White.

City Clerk Connie White was present as were Scott Zahorik, Dick Grabko, Richard Dreher, Linda Dreher, Bill Countryman, Sue Countryman, Gary Fisher, Alice Fisher, Sue Salmonson, Richelle Lindner, Darlene Fee, Kent Franklin, Maryanne Leach and Erik Hagen.

Zahorik from Kootasca presented information on the proposed housing rehab project that the city is in the process of applying for funding from the Small Cities Development Program Grant through the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

He gave an overview of the program and the application process, as well as eligibility requirements and eligible improvements. Members of the audience had questions regarding specific improvements, repayment requirements, project time frame among other things.

Local residents were asking what could be done to improve the weak water pressure that they are experiencing. Zahorik explained that the grant money could possibly be used to repair/replace water lines if it was determined that that was the source of the problem. he also expected that if the application was approved work could possibly begin this fall, but most likely, next spring or summer.

Grabko from S.E.H., presented information regarding the utilities rehab that the city of Northome is working to secure funding for. His engineering firm is working on coordinating with MnDOT as they are planning an overlay on Hwy. 1 through Northome, the same stretch of street that will involve the utilities rehab. Coordination of these two projects will result in a savings of the overall cost.

The project is currently in the stage of securing the main grant funding.