Council approves Small Cities Development Program

The New Prague City Council unanimously approved the 2017 Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) project at its Monday, Oct. 2, meeting. The project is for rehabilitation of the city’s commercial and rental areas in its downtown and rehabilitation of housing and rental in the area surrounding the downtown.

Michelle Clark, Program and Lending Manager of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), presented the 13 items that the council had to approve as part of the project.

The first item is the SCDP grant agreement with the state for $295,550. Those funds will be added to the city’s former Minnesota Investment Funds of $476,100 and property owner matching funds of $249,000, which creates an estimated total of $1,020,650.

City Administrator Mike Johnson said the city’s attorney had reviewed that information.

Clark said the items are similar to the 2016 project. The SDCP provides aid to two areas in the community. The first area includes business owners and rental properties in the downtown area along Main Street, from Lincoln Avenue on the east to Fourth Avenue (Highway 21) on the west, and the second area is for rental and owner occupied homes surrounding the downtown in Scott and Le Sueur counties.

Clark explained there were corrections of language and updates in the items. There were listings of what were appropriate articles that could be improved under the program and stipulations, such as...

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