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Published October 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

Agencies will no longer receive funds from city of Moorhead

Several organizations that received dollars from the city of Moorhead in the past may be out of luck next year.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

Several organizations that received dollars from the city of Moorhead in the past may be out of luck next year.

The Moorhead City Council took a straw poll of sorts Monday, and five agencies did not muster enough support to stay in the running for funding in 2011.

The organizations and the amounts they received in 2010 are:

  • Cultural Diversity Resources, $13,490.
  • Lake Agassiz Arts Council, $22,840.
  • Metro Youth Partnership, $25,950.
  • Minn-Kota PAAWS, $1,000.
  • Rourke Art Gallery Museum, $9,200.

The five were among 13 “community partners” that received funding in 2010 totaling $171,110.

City Council member Greg Lemke said some of the cuts will end up costing the city more in the long run, particularly the one involving PAAWS, a group that works to reduce numbers of stray animals.

Council member Brenda Elmer said with city revenues shrinking, deciding where the remaining dollars go is a matter of setting priorities.

The proposed 2011 budget would spend more on things like snow removal, and Elmer said the council must ask itself, “Where’s that (money) going to come from?”

Several council members said any group that wants to ask for dollars may come before the council to make a case.

In other business, Mayor Mark Voxland said a performance review of City Manager Michael Redlinger gave Redlinger a score of 2.53 out of a possible 3.

Stating that Redlinger has done “an exceptionally good job,” Voxland added the City Council did find some things to criticize.

“He needs to learn how to take time off,” Voxland said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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