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New York Mills talks grants

The New York Mills Public Works department has won a grant to purchase about $5,500 worth of safety equipment.

The grant is offered through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Grant funds must be matched by the city, with each side contributing roughly $2,800.

Public Works plans on purchasing four gas testers and calibration, a lift crane, lift magnet, traffic cones, earmuffs and safety vests. After the purchase, the grant will pay the city back for half the cost.

In other NY Mills grant news, a two-year Small Cities Grant through the Otter Tail County Housing and Redeveloping Authority will be coming to a close at the end of the year.

At a recent city council meeting, representative Ben Heikes presented a report about the applications that have come through the program.

The Small Cities Grant was available for commercial, residential, and rental properties in NY Mills, Bluffton and Newton Township. Based on income, applicants received funds for rehabilitating property.

So far there have been 24 residential applicants, of which 23 were inspected and approved. There were also 25 rental units that benefited.

Also at the meeting, city councilors accepted an elevator upgrade bid from MEA of Duluth, for $44,486. The project will take place at the beginning of next year, and will possibly shut down the elevator for two weeks. The city is looking into grants from Otter Tail Power and Lake Region Electric Co-op to help pay for the needed upgrades.

The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.