Alexandria businesses get relief on paying back loans

The Alexandria City Council’s action at its April 13 meeting to offer temporary suspension of payments for local businesses who took out loans though the city’s Revolving Loan Fund has been revised.

Several of the borrowers asked the city if they could suspend payments for May, June and July instead of the originally offered April, May and June. Seven borrowers noted they had already made payments in April.

At its April 27 meeting, the council agreed to suspend payments until July 31.

The council offered the relief to help businesses recover from being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The city has about $267,000 available and uncommitted in the RLF account, according to City Planner Mike Weber.


Following are other items from the April 27 meeting not included in other council stories.

Annexation request approved

The council took preliminary action to approve a petition from two landowners to annex property along County Road 22 in LaGrand Township.

The landowners want to connect to the existing city water line, which is already stubbed to the property. The property is in one parcel, about a half-acre in size.

The state and LaGrand Township will be notified of the request.

Township-city paving project

The council agreed to contribute $11,304 to cover some of the cost of LaGrand Township’s paving project that included some portions of the city in the Lake Darling area near Voyager Drive.

The money will come out of the city’s capital improvement fund.

Conditional use permit approved

The council issued a conditional use permit to Jon Haabala that will allow a second dwelling in an existing building, which will create a multiple family/mixed use building in a general business zone.

The site is located at 1207 Highway 29 North. It consists of two parcels with the parcel line running through a storage building that was built in 1993.


The permit was issued with the condition that Haabala will combine the parcels into a single tract by the end of this year, which would eliminate the non-conformity.

Food licenses approved

The council issued two licenses – a mobile food truck license for Alan Arends of Willmar to operate The Back 40; and a transient merchant license to Doug Hasz to operate Doug’s Kettle Korn in the Ace Hardware parking lot.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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