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City Council approves two business loans

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HARTINGTON — The Hartington City Council Monday approved two business revolving loan fund applications

The Council approved a loan for Meika Kramer for a new pet grooming business she is starting — Pawz Salon.

Kramer plans to start a mobile pet-grooming business. The Council agreed to use its revolving loan fund for a $12,000 zero percent interest loan for the start-up business.

The Council also approved a $50,000 zero percent interest loan for Hartington Auto and Truck Parts, Inc., which will be owned and operated by Eric and Jana Eickhoff.

Eickhoff said the corporation is being set up to buy out current Hartington Auto Parts owners Tim Leise and John Lounsbery. He expects that transaction to be complete by Oct. 1.

Also Monday, the Council gave its nod of approval for a liquor license application for the new manager of the Hartington VFW.

The Council also decided to table a proposed lease for some city-owned property located next to Laverle Heimes’ shop in northeast Hartington. The Council had agreed in principle to the lease, but had to wait for the official lease to be drawn up by City Attorney Steve Pier. The lease has not yet been seen by Heimes, however, so the Council decided to act on it once Heimes gives his nod of approval.

City Council members have been busy looking through departmental budgets. They will hold a budget workshop next week in preparation for this year’s budget.

The hearing on the new budget will be held Sept. 14 at the Hartington City Hall.

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