MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved setting the hearing date for funding the “Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund” set up by the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation. If approved in two weeks, the city would contribute $300,000 to the fund, which would help small, independently-owned businesses with less than 25 employees that are suffering during the public health emergency with grants of up to $5000. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the need by businesses for help will outweigh the money available in the fund. “There’s been a huge outcry of how do we help small businesses, and I think there’s been a lot of effort to do that through take-out, through purchasing, through curbside pickup, all of those things which have been fantastic. This is really a way to help those businesses that are most vulnerable, those mom-and-pop shops, those places of five employees. This is really one of those places where we can get a direct cash infusion to help them cover those fixed costs and stay through what is an unprecedented time for those small businesses.” Burnett says he’s encouraging people to donate to the fund. “We’ll put this out as many times as we can to encourage people to donate, to encourage businesses to donate. If you have an ability to do so, reach out to the Corridor and put your dollars with those public dollars and the Corridor dollars to save those businesses. The process will be thorough to make sure we’re meeting the highest needs with the dollars that are put out there.” The council approves setting the public hearing for their April 21st meeting.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Last Monday afternoon’s city council saw a lengthy debate over whether to officially register a coat of arms.A motion was tabled by staff asking Council to request a ‘Grant of Arms’ for the City of Fort St. John from the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, so that a proper coat of arms could be created and registered. City staff would draft up an application including a description of the community and its history, which would be followed by an official artist’s draft. The estimated cost of the draft artwork and registry was approximately $2,400.The city has unofficially had a Coat of Arms since the 1970’s, a copy of which is mounted on the wall above the Mayor’s chair in the council chambers. According to city staff after questions regarding the ownership of the arms were asked, the city does not own either the trademark or copyright over the symbol. Since the arms are also not registered with the Governor General’s office, they are currently not protected.- Advertisement -After a lengthy debate over whether it would be worth spending $2,400 dollars for an official coat of arms, Councillors Dan Davies and Gord Klassen voted against the motion, saying that the city’s current logo is adequate. The fate of the city’s current unofficial coat of arms mounted to the council chamber wall is currently unknown, although several ideas were floated including auctioning off the copy to recoup the cost of registry, or donating it to a museum.