Fertile City Council Approves CARES Distribution for Local Businesses

Fertile City Council Approves CARES Distribution for Local Businesses

October 28, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/28/20)

Fertile, MN — The Fertile City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the disbursement of CARES Act funding. The city had opened a portion of the funding up for grants to businesses who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of the 13 applicants for funding, 8 of those were funded for a total of $12,000. For a majority of those who not awarded grants, Fertile City Administrator Lisa Liden says it was likely because previous funding sources has already made up for their losses.

The rest of the CARES funding that the city of Fertile received will go towards recovering city expenses and the city owned Fair Meadow Nursing Home. A number of positive COVID-19 cases have been reported at Fair Meadow in the past week, sparking mandatory testing at the facility. The cost of the increased testing and PPE adds up to more than $6,000 a week.

And with election night just under a week away, Liden reminds residents that they can vote in-person at the Community Center.

On the ballot for Fertile residents, current councilmembers Stanton Wang and Matthew Massman are running unopposed for two council seats. For the Mayor position, former Mayor Brian Nephew is challenging current Mayor Daniel Wilkens.

Another Farmers to Families Food Distribution will take place Wednesday morning, October 28th at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Fertile starting at 10am.  Liden says the boxes will contain a combination of fresh food and shelf-stable items.

The boxes are available free of charge to Fertile, Beltrami, and other area residents on a first come, first serve basis. The Fertile Fire Department will be assisting with the distribution.