At this week’s Granite Falls City Council meeting the council welcomed a new finance director, Neil Carstensen. The council also had a discussion with EDA Director, Cathy Anderson about childcare and future plans.

The council also discussed future plans for a whitewater project, several ideas were proposed including plans to modify the dam or to start the project farther downstream.

After some discussion the council authorized the execution of a four thousand dollar contract with Barr Engineering to enter talks with FERC to do a study on the dam area and which is necessary to have done before any project work can occur near the dam.

The Council approved the relocation of the water tower at the airport, and the plan includes making a functional historical looking water tower, other airport work was also approved including a $36,000 runway project.

Mayor Dave Smiglewski received an award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities for his involvement with the media and with the public, he was also made president of the coalition for this year.

In other news:

The council accepted a proposal for engineering services for phase 2 repairs to the Volstead House.

There are plans to make Dallas II handicap accessible after several complaints.

There will be an open house at the Justice Center Thursday August 17th. Riverside Jam has been moved to September 19th.

The KCC had 58 people sign up for a 24 hour membership.