In order to be prepared for the future, Gaylord’s Economic Development Authority, Monday, decided to move ahead with a study for the future expansion of Gaylord’s industrial park.
In January, the EDA received a proposal from SEH for engineering and planning services for future expansion of the industrial park. The expansion would include extension of sanitary sewer, watermain and city street to access and serve the future industrial park area, stormwater management, and consideration of extending a railroad spur into the proposed industrial park. The fee, at that time, was estimated not to exceed $6,000.
Don Lannoye of Schauer Law Office, Gaylord’s City attorney, said that the City Council recently gave City Administrator McCann and himself authority to negotiate with a prospective buyer of the Entegris building. Lannoye said the council has provided guidance where the negotiations “to start and go.”
The potential buyer of the Entegris building, who was not named, is reportedly also interested in two other industrial park lots – property east of Entegris and north of the watertower.
Chuck Klimmek, EDA president, said that that Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has funding available for infrastructure for industrial park expansion if the City has a company ready to move in.
The EDA decided to use funds from its general money market fund, which totals $15,170.16, toward the study. Initially the EDA discussed directing funds from the potential sale of the Entegris building toward this study, but the EDA felt that the study should be done prior to the sale of the Entegris building.
City Council member Chad Muchow, who also served on the EDA, felt it would be “prudent planning” to do this study, even without the Entegris building sold at this time.
EDA board member Jerry Hahn felt the council would be supportive of funds being spent toward the future expansion of the industrial park.
In other business, the EDA:
• Decided to have Sibley County consider applying for Microenterprise Assistance Grant Funds. The maximum grant available, $75,000, would be used to provide technical assistance to small business owners in a self-identified region of the state of Minnesota. Microenterprises are defined as commercial businesses that employ five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business. The assistance is intended to facilitate economic development through the establishment, stabilization and expansion of microenterprises.
• Sent a letter to Khan Equipment providing two options for the Ibberson building in the industrial park, extending the lease for seven years, or the purchase of the building and land.