Council waits on Foundation grants

The Austin City Council is waiting on one council member’s input for which of the 14 grant submissions most deserve The Hormel Foundation’s grant money.

Council members and Mayor Tom Stiehm ranked the 14 ideas in order from their most preferred to least important at a work session following Monday’s City Council meeting. Now the council just needs input from Council Member Steve King, who was not present at the meeting, before sending the responses to The Hormel Foundation.

While opinions collected from the other council members and the mayor Monday were incomplete, a preliminary look showed the Austin Public Library’s summer reading program, which is requesting $8,000, ranked highly.

Responses varied between most important and least important for a “One Card” feasibility study, which would gauge whether Austin could develop a program to allow residents to use one ID card at many different establishments, like the library, the YMCA and school.

City Administrator Jim Hurm said he expects King’s input to be added in and totals made within a few days. The Hormel Foundation will determine where it will award grants in September, and will disburse the money in January.

Other business

During the City Council meeting and the work session to follow, the council also decided to:

—deny a request to remove two-hour parking signs from Fifth Place NW at the request of The Donut Connection, which cited difficulties finding long-term parking for the people who live and work in the area.

—accept the findings that established David Davenport’s dog as dangerous. The dog will be euthanized.

—authorize the Planning and Zoning Department the power to contract for the removal of junk, illegally-stored vehicles and non-conforming swimming pools at four Austin properties: 2413 10th Ave. SW, 1100 10th Ave. SW, 1007 Fourth Avenue NE and 601 Eighth St. NE.

—approve temporary signs to hang Aug. 25-26 in various parts of the city to direct visitors to the Austin ArtWorks Festival.

—award bids to four airport projects: runway pavement repairs, taxiway crack repairs, taxiway joint sealing and guidance signs for the taxiway. Bids will also be awarded for construction of the pedestrian trail that will run from Younkers to Target across 14 Street NW and for city employee life insurance.

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