At its regular meeting on Monday evening, the Montevideo City Council considered an agreement with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMNHP).

At its regular meeting on Monday evening, the Montevideo City Council considered an agreement with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMNHP). SWMNHP has committed $50,000 to the Montevideo Veterans Home Project, and they are asking the city to sign a grant agreement in order to release the funds.

SWMNHP has requested to receive annual updates on the progress of the project from the city. If the veterans home project does not move forward, the agreement establishes a timeline for repayment of the funds to SWMNHP. If the project would be pulled from the federal level and a determination made to not pursue the project any further, all funds must be returned to SWMNHP along with any interest incurred.

The city is hopeful that federal funds will be received prior to the agreement’s deadline of June 1, 2022, or else the $50,000 plus interest would need to be returned to SWMNHP.

After discussion, the council approved the grant agreement between the city and SWMNHP.

Two items were considered on the consent agenda: the payment of verified claims and an application for use of city property.

Verified claims for the period ending Aug. 3, 2018 totaled $1,683,110.39. Some larger verified claims include: $78,736.19 for liquor inventory, rent, sales tax, and credit card fees; $17,319.82 for flooring at city hall; $68,223.50 for BC/BS-September premium to SW/WC Service Cooperative; $57.888.42 for refuse services; $30,400 for seal coating; and $25,944 for miscellaneous utility repairs.

The council also considered an application by Karen Kling, Festival Chair of St. Joseph Church, for use of city property

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