Economic Development and Planning Committee
January 6, 2009, 9:00 a.m.
Assembly Room, Sawyer County Courthouse
Committee Members Attending: Shirley Riedmann, Ken Maki, Warren Johnson, Arlene Mizerka
Others Attending: Sheldon Johnson, Kris Mayberry, Dale Olson, Linda Zillmer, Don Mrotek, Liz Metcalf, Will LaBreche, Mark Olson, Scott Allen, Dale Olson, Gary Gedart
01. Meeting agenda – Amended to move bike trails up to 3a. Motion by Johnson, Seconded by Maki to approve agenda with modifications. Motion Carried
02. Minutes of the meeting of December 5, 2008 – Motion by Riedmann, seconded by Johnson to approve minutes of Dec 5. Motion Carried.
03. Audience recognition – Linda Zillmer requested that NWRPC or Extension prepare background information for comprehensive planning similar to what Barron County has put together. There is need for a coordinated effort for economic development similar to some of the regional efforts of others.
a. Sawyer County Bicycle Trails update – Gary Gedart provided a report on the newly established bike trails committee. The first meeting was held Dec 22nd. There is an 80/20 cost share from the grant so a source is needed for the 20% match. They are also, looking at stewardship grants which require a 50/50 match. The non-traditional transportation grant would provide $434,400 and the match would be $108,600. Motion by Maki to recognize the receipt of the grant received from the state from Hayward to county road k. and to support the work in developing the more specific plan. Also that the committee consider possible sources for the match required that may need county support. Second by Riedmann. Motion carried. Gedart will supply a copy of the grant application to the committee.
04. Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) report including update on revolving loan funds and comprehensive planning project – Sheldon Johnson reported on NWRED, Stroschine is currently working with a business in the county. The CDBG housing fund only has about $4,000 in the fund, so no loans currently being made. The next Comprehensive planning meeting is Jan 21, at 6:00 pm. Supporting documentation for invoices related to the comp planning contract should be brought before the economic development committee
05. Sawyer County Economic Development Corporation report including development of funding options for a business incubator – Liz Metcalf reported on behalf of the development corp. They are doing site selection on the business incubator and negotiating on the property. A proposal will go to the SCDC board at the end of the month. Riedmann requested that SCDC check into the economic stimulus package and how to submit projects to assist entrepreneurs. Scott Allen and Liz Metcalf canvased main street businesses and are sponsoring some seminars on main street marketing. They have held one in Hayward, are doing one in Winter this Thursday, and will have one in Stone Lake in about 2 weeks. They have submitted an RBEG grant application to the USDA, and are still waiting on the application for the Park Theater project.
06. Town of Bass Lake request for matching “ATC” Environmental Impact Funds – Phil Nies and Mark Olson presented a request. The Town has a comprehensive plan, and a town recreational plan. Phil reviewed Bass Lake’s application (on file) for funding and proposed use of the park facility. Dale Olson discussed the project merits in reference to the ATC fund guidelines. Motion by Mizerka to recommend to the finance committee to approve the request for Bass Lake for $16,000 for the park project from the ATC funds, and that this is a one-time grant and all the maintenance be performed by the Town. second by Johnson. Money would be paid based on receipts received and reimbursed. Motion carried
07. Tuscobia Trail Enhancement Committee update – No update.
08. Discussion on holding Economic Summit or event – Discussion on holding an event. Berard will send a copy of summary report from last summit to the committee and the item will be added to the agenda for next month.
09. Superior Days Schedule – Feb 24 & 25th.
10. Other matters for discussion only - Berard highlighted a Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Grant for an LCO Wildlife Assessment Program submitted by UW-Extension. The grant would provide approximately $100,000 per year for 4 years.
11. Adjourn – Motion by Johnson, seconded by Riedmann to adjourn. Motion Carried