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City to establish Small Business Relief Grant program Thursday night

Rick Solem

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A lot on the agenda for La Crosse city council and committees Thursday.

One of those is a resolution establishing the Small Business Relief Grant program to help those affected by a statewide shutdown over a viral pandemic.

“We’re reprogramming,” Mayor Tim Kabat said Wednesday on La Crosse Talk PM. “So, we’re going to change the purpose of what we’re looking at and change that offer these small grants to our businesses, because we feel very strongly that, even though at the federal and state levels (they) are providing programs to help out, not every business here in La Crosse is going to qualify for those.

“So, we’re going to try to help fill the gaps if we can.”

Kabat said over 100 businesses have already expressed interest.

“I think our biggest challenge is going to be, probably, the $350,000 that we’re proposing,” Kabat said. “You know that’s not going to be enough, and we’ll have to look at, probably, additional measures going forward.”

The council committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., the judiciary committee at 5:30 p.m. and the finance and personnel committee at 5:45 p.m. The council meeting will then take place at 6 p.m.

Kabat said anyone can call ahead of time with input (608-789-7510). Or email the entire council at this address:

[email protected]

He did add the meetings are still open to the public. There will be hand-washing stations and everyone will abide by the 6-foot social distancing guidelines.

Check all the items on the agenda on the city’s webpage here.

The city also issued this for small businesses on March 20.

The meetings should be on YouTube here.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM and "liberal hack" | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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