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Backus City Council begins Small Cities Grant application process.

Gail Leverson of the Cass County Economic Development Corp. met with the Backus City Council on Monday, Feb. 4, to discuss taking part in a Small Cities Grant program.

Discussion on this subject began last year but was delayed because of elections. Similar grant programs have been used by Pine River, which received roughly $414,000, and Hackensack and Walker, which combined to receive $592,000.

Leverson mentioned the possibility of combining Backus’ application with Longville to attract more interest from the state. The proposed application for grant money would be to fund rehabilitation of low- to moderate-income homes or commercial businesses. The application would be designed for 10 commercial buildings and 15 residential buildings. A motion was passed to begin the application for this process.

In other news, the city council:

• Authorized the city clerk to pay for damage done to a Backus firefighter’s vehicle while transporting a trailer with rescue equipment back to the fire hall. The cost of damage amounted to $2,314.02.

• Rescinded last month’s decision to end the “freeze run” when it realized the policy began in 1984 to prevent city plumbing from freezing, not residential plumbing. A correction letter will be drafted and sent to relevant parties.

• Approved three years of training for the city clerk. The cost of this training amounted to $973.75.

• Approved $250 dues for membership to Cass County Economic Development Corporation.

• Began discussion for the purchase of reflective house number signs for all homes in the city. The signs would cost approximately $20 each. This expense is not in the budget. Sources of payment are to be discussed before a decision is made.