Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire City Council took up several issues at its regular meeting on Tuesday. Here is what you need to know:
Micro Loan Fund: The council voted to make it easier for small businesses to get off the ground.
They approved a micro loan fund, approving $100,000 to be added and then doled out to help growing small businesses. Those eligible must be in business for three years or less, and demonstrate the ability to re-pay the loan. The minimum a business could get is $5,000 and the most is $30,000.
At Monday's public hearing, Economic Development Administrator Mike Schatz said there are already businesses ready to apply for the program.
Jeffers Road Development: The council voted 6-4 in favor of a plan to build 28 single-family homes and 39 twin homes along the east side of Jeffers Road near the community park.
As News 18 reported, nearly 100 residents in that area signed a petition against the development because they worry it could hurt property values and cause dangerous traffic.
Food Truck Ordinance: The council had a first reading of an ordinance to allow food trucks at more city parks.
Under the plan, food trucks would be allowed year round at parks like Half Moon, Boyd, Lakeshore and McDonough. News 18 reported on this ordinance last week.
Construction Projects: The council set a public hearing date for the public to weigh in on a plethora of construction projects, including some major downtown roads.
On the list, Graham Ave., Main St. and Fenwick Ave. The council approved the primary resolution. Now, public hearings are set for February 26.