City seeks grant to finance PACC project
The Perham City Council approved a motion to write a grant that would finance a budget shortfall in the PACC project. The grant will be written to the Otto Bremer Trust, but the exact amount won't be finalized until a June 27th deadline.
The Council and City Attorney Dennis Happel discussed how much to ask for in a grant, in relation to the budget shortfall.
Happel said he met with a regional representative from Bremer Trust last week who advised the city not to be afraid to apply for more money than they need.
Happel said all estimates point to a need of $1.7 million, but those are soft estimates, so he assumes they will go up once bids are submitted.
According to Happel, the city doesn't have a thing to lose in asking for up to $2.5 million.
City Manager Jonathan Smith said he struggles with asking for $2.5 million, when the need is $1.7 million.
Smith said asking for too much, and not using it wisely hurts their chances for future grant applications.
"I like to be fairly confident that if we apply for money, we use that money for the purpose of which we said we were going to utilize it for," Smith said.
Once the grant application is submitted, it won't be processed and finalized until November.
In other city news
• The council approved a street vacation request for the Prairie's Edge Development to vacate part of Sixth Avenue Northeast and part of Eleventh Street Northeast.
• The council approved a request by Esser Development to re-plat for lots better suited for single family homes.
• The council approved an agreement between the City of Perham and Tuffy's for a parcel of land located in the Industrial Park.