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Renaissance Zone Authority - July 28, 2021 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Renaissance Zone Authority of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

The Renaissance Zone Authority members present or absent were as follows:

Present: Deb Mathern, Reid Middaugh, Steve Swiontek, Chad Peterson, Dr. Dean Bresciani, Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, Commissioner Arlette Preston

Absent: Prakash Mathew

Chair Mathern called the meeting to order.

Item 1: Approve Order of Agenda
Member Bresciani moved the Order of Agenda be approved as presented. Second by Member Peterson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of May 26, 2021
Member Piepkorn moved the minutes of the May 26, 2021 Renaissance Zone Authority meeting be approved. Second by Member Preston. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Review application from DFI BD LLC (Rehabilitation) located at 122 Broadway
Planner Kylie Bagley presented the staff report for a proposal to rehabilitate the existing building at 122 Broadway North. She summarized the details of the proposal and stated staff is recommending approval as the proposal meets the guidelines and all required approval criteria.

Applicant Mike Zimney, Kilbourne Group, spoke on behalf of the proposal.

Member Preston inquired about the ownership of the DFI funds, and declared a conflict of interest.

Member Bresciani moved to recommend to the City Commission approval of the application submitted by DFI BD LLC and to grant the property tax exemption and the State income tax exemptions as allowed by the North Dakota Renaissance Zone law contingent upon completion of the project and verification of costs. Second by Member Swiontek. On call of the roll Members Piepkorn, Middaugh, Swiontek, Peterson, Bresciani, and Mathern voted aye. Member Preston abstained from voting. Absent and not voting: Member Mathew. The motion was declared carried.

Item 4: Other Business and Public Comments
Ms. Bagley provided an update on the Renaissance Zone Authority serving as the Board for the Brownfields Advisory Committee for the City of Fargo. She noted a report and presentation on the Mid America Steel site, prepared by SRF Consulting, was presented at the July 26, 2021 City Commission meeting.

Item 5: Next Meeting – August 25, 2021
The time at adjournment was 8:10 a.m.

*Note: Due to technical difficulties Member Mathew was unable to connect into the meeting, however did express his support of the application.