Morris City Manager Blaine Hill (l) and Sandeep Kotala (r), who recently resigned as the City's Sustainability Coordinator. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

A chunk of federal money is coming Minnesota’s way to deal with the coronavirus, thanks to the nearly $2 trillion CARES Act that was recently passed by the U.S. Congress. The State Legislature is discussing the funds, some of which have already been utilized by the metro areas. But Morris City Manager Blaine Hill told the KMRS Community Connection that there is a chance some substantial money may be heading to Stevens County.

“So for Morris it was about $475,000,” said Hill. “I think for Stevens County, for county government, it was over a million. Whether or not that’ll ever happen, we don’t know.”

The money could be used to help affected businesses with payroll costs or buying safety supplies, among other things. The Legislature is set to adjourn May 18th, and Hill said the City will be watching what allocations there might be.

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            The City also announced the resignation of its Sustainability Coordinator. Sandeep Kotala had been in the position for about half a year. The post was funded as an 18 month job. Kotala will return to Florida, where he has a sister and did his master’s degree internship. City Manager Blaine Hill said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he is unsure if he will be able to fill the remainder of the position in the current economic situation.

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