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Spirit Lake – Council discusses Main Street process

By Staff | Jan 24, 2008

The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday night studied the possibility of the city’s joining the Main Street program.

The program, which is administered in Iowa by the state Department of Economic Development, currently has 36 participating communities throughout the state.

Communities in the Rural Main Street program with a population less than 5,000, which would include Spirit Lake, agree to a minimum annual operating budget of $25,000 and to hire paid staff for a minimum of 25 hours a week. In the first three years of a Rural Main Street program the state invests approximately $100,000 in on-site visits, training and technical assistance, according to Jane Seaton, state coordinator of Main Street Iowa.

Twelve downtown Spirit Lake businesses in a Jan. 12 letter to the city heartily endorsed the city’s pursuing membership in the Main Street Iowa program.

Main Street Iowa, which also offers a Main Street program for cities with populations between 5,000 and 50,000, approves an average of three applications a year through a selective process.

In other business Tuesday, Mayor Blain Andera, with council consent, appointed Jeff Hanson as chief of police and Earl Maahs as city attorney and Gregg Owens as assistant.

Harlan Christenson was approved as a replacement for Dave Plunkett on the Library Board of Trustees.

Approval of the 2007-08 audit report was deferred until the next council meeting.

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