Blue Earth weighs development contract

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council is weighing a partnership with Community and Economic Development Associates.

The council this week discussed a proposed contract for CEDA to provide Economic Development Authority services on a contract basis for Blue Earth, beginning in January.

CEDA would take the place of the Faribault County Development Corporation. Its board of directors voted to dissolve the corporation in October.

According to the contract, the service cost would be split with Faribault County, with efforts to achieve a joint powers group with Wells and Winnebago to develop a countywide economic development strategy.

The council decided to defer action on the contract until next month to investigate collaboration with the county.

In other action, the council authorized a labor agreement with Law Enforcement Labor Services for 2018. The one-year contract involves changing the maximum of paid overtime hours from 80 to 100 hours, and increasing workers compensation time from 45 to 60 hours per year.

In another matter, the council approved the sale of a 5.5-acre lot of the Blue Earth North Industrial Park to BENCO Electric Cooperative. The purchase price was $32,520.