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                      Economic Development Authority
                              March 9, 2011
                                4:30 P.M.




PRESENT:           Boardmembers Holman, Lea, and Peterson




ALSO PRESENT:      City Administrator Jones and EDA Coordinator Andrew
                   Barbes




ABSENT:            Boardmembers Esplan and Newman




President Holman called the Regular Blooming Prairie Economic Development
Authority Meeting to order on March 9, 2011, at 4:30 P.M.

President Holman presented the Minutes of the Regular Blooming Prairie
Economic Development Authority Meeting held on February 9, 2011. After
review, the following action was taken:


Motion by:         PETERSON                  Seconded by:       LEA

For:               ALL                       Against:           NONE


Motion approving the Minutes of the Regular Blooming Prairie Economic
Development Authority Meeting held on February 9, 2011, as presented was duly
carried.
City Administrator Jones presented the Treasurer’s Report. After review of the
Accounts Payable and Financial Reports presented, the following action was
taken:


Motion by:           LEA                     Seconded by:            PETERSON

For:                 ALL                     Against:                NONE


Motion approving the Accounts Payable and Financial Statements as presented
was duly carried.


President Holman called for additions or corrections to the Agenda as presented.
There were none.

Coordinator Barbes informed the Board that he has been continuing to meet with
the business owners in Blooming Prairie and just recently had a tour of Metal
Services, Sportstitch, The Bakery, and Minimizer.

Coordinator Barbes informed the Board that the Blooming Prairie Chamber of
Commerce plans to make a donation from their charitable gambling proceeds to
the City of Blooming Prairie or to the Economic Development Authority. The
Board discussed ways that the City could use the donation towards a community
project such as signage or paying for specific items for the Fourth of July
celebration. If the EDA received the donation then it would have to be used to
promote economic development.

Coordinator Barbes informed the Board that he had a meeting with the CEO of
Minimizer. The main topic of discussion was how to get the DEED infrastructure
grant that pays for 50%, up to $250,000.00, of the infrastructure for their
business expansion plans. There was also talk about the request for a water
tower that would be used for their sprinkler system. City Administrator Jones
explained that it would not be used and it would not generate any revenue for the
City. The Board was informed that they could run a line from the Wastewater
Treatment Plant to the facility that would provide them with adequate pressure.
The expansion project was originally going to start this spring but now it looks
more like August.

City Administrator Jones informed the Board that he has not received a response
from the individuals about acquiring part of their property in order to construct a
road. A City Council Member was asked to contact the property owners for their

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thoughts regarding the correspondence they received from the City. City
Administrator Jones also stated that before the project gets started there would
have to be a development agreement signed by the business owner and the City.

City Administrator Jones informed the Board that Coordinator Barbes has
submitted the USDA grant application that, if awarded, would pay 50% of the
cost of a new squad car for the Police Department.

Boardmember Peterson stated that he come across the slogan “Business is
Blooming” and inquired how that could be used to help promote businesses in
Blooming Prairie.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the following action
was taken:


Motion by:           LEA                             Seconded by:             PETERSON

For:                 ALL                             Against:                 NONE


Motion adjourning the meeting was duly carried.




Michael G. Jones
City Administrator




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