Crow Wing County Board Approves New Wave of CARES Act Grants, SHIP Amendment, and More from October 13 Meeting

Crow Wing County Board Approves New Wave of CARES Act Grants, SHIP Amendment, and More from October 13 Meeting

October 15, 2020 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

The Crow Wing County Board met on Tuesday, October 13, for a regular meeting.

One of the first items on the agenda that saw extensive discussion was a presentation from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). SHIP, which helped create Crow Wing Energized, has seen encouraging results in the last 5 years in improving the health of Crow Wing County; notably, the county has improved from ranking 61st out of 87 counties in Minnesota in the state wide county health rankings, to 40th in 2020. The board unanimously agreed to extend their grant through 2025.

The county also discussed the current state of COVID-19, with county administrator Timothy Houle giving a recap on the concerning growth in cases recently.

The impact that COVID has had on the community, Houle says, makes it all the more important that the remaining money from the CARES Act gets used.

The county agreed, stemming from a discussion from a recent budget meeting, to offer a second round of CARES Act relief, using the money left over from the first round (about $1.3 million left for small businesses and $400,000 for nonprofits). The deadline to apply is October 23.

More information on the CARES Act procedure in the coming days and weeks for Crow Wing County can be found here. The full board meeting from October 13 can be viewed here.