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Port Authority to oversee city's DTMS investment

The Red Wing City Council voted 6-1 Monday to ask the Port Authority to coordinate the city’s $50,000 contribution to Red Wing Downtown Main Street.

The port will get the funds from the city and distribute them to the organization. The economic development agency will help measure work and monitor results while working with DTMS, which is planning to hire an executive director and dive into work on the city’s Downtown Action Plan.

The council considered pairing DTMS with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the work, but ultimately chose the Port Authority.

“I think the original intent was to put it with the port and I’d prefer to stay with that,” Council member Dean Hove said.

Red Wing DTMS President Dawn Bennett said the group could take the funds directly, but if the city wanted it to go through an agency, DTMS had already started talks with the port so would prefer to work with them.

Port Executive Director Randy Olson said their board discussed the issue and was supportive, but did not take any formal action.

Council members said both groups would be capable of handling the project, but many cited the mayor’s blue ribbon panel that said the port should take the lead on economic development.

Council member Peggy Rehder, who voted no, said she thought DTMS could handle the work itself and that there were too many questions about the port’s future to add projects to its workload now. 

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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