Cambridge approves downtown grant funds for Cambridge State Bank

Cambridge State Bank will soon be making facade improvements.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting July 17, the council approved authorizing $9,573 in downtown revolving grant funds to Cambridge State Bank, 127 S. Main St.

Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson explained the guidelines for the downtown revolving grant fund allow for a 50 percent match, up to $10,000, for facade improvements.

Gustafson explained an application for grant funds was submitted by Kim Erickson, president of Cambridge State Bank, for up to $9,573. He explained the estimated total project cost is $19,146 for storefront improvements, including removal of rotating sign and motor, replacing rusted metal panels with new panels and canopy, installing new flat panel sign and LED lighting.

Based on the guidelines established by the City Council for the Cambridge Downtown Grant Fund, Gustafson said this project meets the guidelines and provides updates and repairs to the facade that will provide a visual improvement, lighting efficiency (which is a goal for the program) and downtown beatification.

Payment will be issued to the contractors upon completion of their work, paid out at 50 percent from the city, and the property owner is responsible for the remaining 50 percent and any amount that would exceed the maximum grant amount of $9,573.

The project is scheduled to start in August 2017 and finish within 45 to 60 days. Project goals include improving pedestrian safety, energy efficiency, improving visibility of the historic facade and enhancing signage.

“We are excited for what you’re doing, and with the lighting, it will look like there’s life downtown,” Council Member Lisa Iverson said.

In other news, the council:
• Heard an apology from Waste Management representatives regarding the issues with the services they have been providing city residents and businesses since purchasing East Central Sanitation a little over one year ago. Problems included mistakes being made with reroutes, driver turnover and new drivers needing time to learn new routes, billing confusions (noting Waste Management did not raise rates in the city) and providing unacceptable customer service. The representatives vowed to improve in all the areas where improvements are needed and to provide better customer service.

• Approved the location and installation of another garden shed at the Cambridge Community Garden, located at the intersection of East Rum River Drive South and 18th Avenue Southwest. The new shed will be built in the northwest corner of the fenced area and will be 180 square feet.

• Approved an interim use permit for Jordan Valder, of Valder’s Vehicles, to allow automobile sales and minor automobile service at 309 First Ave. E. The interim use permit expires Aug. 18, 2019. On Aug. 18, 2014, an interim use permit was approved to allow automobile sales on the property and that permit expires Aug. 18, 2017, and the owner requested another interim use permit.

• Approved a resolution ordering a feasibility report and approving an engineering services agreement with SEH regarding the proposed 2018 street improvement project. The proposed 2018 street improvements consist of reconstructing the streets and underground utilities on North Fern Street from Highway 95 to Eighth Avenue Northwest, North Dellwood Street from Highway 95 to Second Avenue Northwest, North Elm Street from Second Avenue Northwest to Bluejacket Drive, Second Avenue Northwest from North Fern Street to North Cypress Street, Eighth Avenue Northwest from North Fern Street to North Cypress Street, Third Avenue Southwest from South Fern Street to cul de sac, Fifth Avenue Southwest from South Fern Street to cul de sac, alley from South Fern Street to the west and between Second and Third Avenue Southwest, alley between South Fern Street and South Elm Street and Highway 95 and Second Avenue Southwest, and alley between South Dellwood Street and South Cypress Street and Highway 95 and Second Avenue Southwest. City Administrator Lynda Woulfe reminded council members this is the first step in many steps regarding the 2018 street improvement project. She reminded the council that ordering the feasibility report and approving the engineering services agreement does not authorize approval to go ahead with the proposed project.