The City of Aberdeen will be awarding 9 small businesses a total of 46-thousand in Coronavirus Relief Fund Small Business Grants from their first round of applications of those affected by the pandemic.

A report suggesting the council award over 77-thousand to 13 businesses was amended, as City Attorney Patrice Kent suggested: “to remove 4 businesses related to DID delinquency; the Amore Restaurant, D&R Events Center, D&R Theater, and Grand Heron.”

Councilwoman Margo Shortt explained, “Based on staff recommendation, after review of the 13 businesses it was determined that 4 biz are not current on their payment to the business improvement fund.”

The city received 44 applications, but one of the requirements was that the business had not received any other federal funding for coronavirus relief funds, that whittled the list to the 13 businesses proposed, another qualification was that the business could not owe money to the City of Aberdeen, that removed the four last night.

The 9 businesses receiving a portion of the initial reward of $46,314 include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aberdeen Elks, Heron Street Attic, Rick’s Simpson Avenue Saloon, Rock Construction, Spargo’s, The Shirthouse, Tressa’s Salon, and the VFW.

The report from city staff last night explained that the Good Neighbors Revolving Loan Fund Committee, comprised of Tony Enzler (Bank of the Pacific), Tom Quigg (Windermere Real Estate), Wil Russoul (Aberdeen Main Street Executive Director) and Stephanie Bennett (Steam Donkey Brewery) were given the task of reviewing 13 of the applications. The majority of the committee recommended that the City issue contracts for funding for the 13 qualified applicants.

The city has about 200-thousand to disburse to affected businesses. City staff plan to open another round of applications in the coming weeks, allowing businesses that may have already received some relief funds to also apply provided the grant would not duplicate any funds already compensated.