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Kandiyohi County Board will discuss applying for federal stimulus funding

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Commissioners will discuss whether to apply for a federal stimulus program at their meeting Tuesday, which beings at 10 a.m. at the Health and Human Services building.

Kandiyohi County is eligible to apply for $522,000 in recovery zone development bonds for public infrastructure projects, and $783,000 in recovery zone facilities bonds for private enterprise economic development projects.

If the county doesn't access the bonds, they could be allocated to cities within the county or simply turned back.

The bonds are targeted for local government entities that have significant poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures or general distress, said County Administrator Larry Kleindl.

Because Kandiyohi County recently underwent a bond rating scrutiny that gave the county an AA rating, Kleindl said the county may not meet financial-need threshold.

There could also be restrictive requirements attached to the program and a negative stigma attached to being in distress that could damage the county's ability for future bonding.

Other items on the agenda include recommendations by the water planning task force, a request by Steve Jennings to abate penalties and interest on late payment of taxes and action on the Cameron Ridge final plat.

At 11 a.m., the commissioners are scheduled to meet as the community health board to discuss a drug-free communities grant and hear an update on emergency preparedness and influenza.

At 9 a.m., the commissioners will meet as the family services committee. Items on that agenda include a report on the cost of family services, an update on policy positions by the Minnesota Social Services Association and agreements on the 2010/11 Minnesota Family Investment Program and the Children and Community Service Act.

The commissioners meet on the second floor of the Health and Human Services Building, located at 2200 23 St NE.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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