Granite Falls EDA director to address YMC Board over day care grant

GRANITE FALLS — Granite Falls Economic Development Director Cathy Anderson will be approaching the Yellow Medicine County Board for a grant for the city’s day care project in today’s board meeting.

Anderson was encouraged to return by Board Chair Gary Johnson after the board approved a substantial grant for Cardinal Kids Daycare in Clarkfield at the last board meeting.

“We partnered with (three) other organizations to create a set of financials and proposals,” Anderson had said of Granite Falls’ day care task force.

Her group had been working with Minnesota West Community and Technical College to reopen the day care space vacated by Prairie Five recently to meet the growing needs in the county.

The Granite Falls group is looking to remove a wall to make more space in order to make a go of the private enterprise that would reopen that daycare, she had said. The remodeling would provide room for eight infants, 12 toddlers and 20 preschoolers, she said. It could open as early as June 2018.

“I was told that the county board wasn’t in the daycare business and wouldn’t consider contributing money toward it,” Anderson said, or she would have approached them sooner.

Anderson cited their financial steps such as a savings account open for public donations and applications for grants, however, the board members thought that the presentation lacked the thoroughness of the Clarkfield request.

The EDA director is hoping for better results in today’s meeting.

Other requests on the agenda include out-of-state travel funding for Michelle Gatz of the Veterans Service Office and a resolution for the city of Canby by YMC Engineer Andy Sander.

The board will also be looking at a request to hire a legal assistant and terminating a probationary employee, replacing a correctional officer/dispatcher and replacing a resigning social worker.

The board will also be reviewing the 2018 contract with Countryside Public Health and considering passing a resolution to support funding for U.S. Highway 212.

Two other resolutions to come before the board is to accept gifts and grants for the YMC Veteran’s Department and one to apply for election equipment grant dollars.

There is also a 2018-2019 MPCA County Feedlot Program Delegation Agreement Work Plan on the agenda.

Plans for a commissioners/administrator/county attorney work session following their lunch break is also on the agenda.