Isanti moves forward with process to form seven-member EDA

Isanti City Council members are moving forward with the process to establish their council, along with two community members, as the city’s Economic Development Authority.

During the Isanti City Council meeting Feb. 18, the council held a public hearing and approved several resolutions relating to the formation of the seven-member EDA.

The first meeting of the EDA will be March 4 at 7:30 p.m. or immediately following the regular meeting of the council.

The terms for the two appointed EDA members will be six years, and council members will be appointed annually.

Absence by any commissioner from any three meetings in a 12-month period, unless excused in advance by the chair, constitutes a vacancy. In the event of any vacancy, the mayor, with approval of the City Council, will appoint a person to complete the unexpired term.

The board will be composed of adults 18 and older that live within the city limits of the city of Isanti, own a business within the city of Isanti and/or have a significant management role in running a business in the city of Isanti that gives them insight of the role of the economic development of the city, overall community and business environment, or shall be members of the Isanti City Council.

The EDA will adopt its bylaws reflecting a seven-member board, as well its meeting schedule and election of officers, at its March 4 meeting.

In other action, the council:

• Approved amending the city’s water tap policy.

• Approved $435 in advertising in ECM Publishers Many Faces of Isanti County publication.

• Approved the purchase of a Bobcat Skid-Steer loader with attachments at a cost of $33,427. The equipment will be used for snow sidewalk removal.

• Approved a resolution adopting the 2014 EDA Marketing-Work Plan.

• Approved the purchase of six public parking signs from Signs by Jill for a cost not to exceed $161.