MARINETTE — Discussion in the Wednesday meeting of the Marinette Redevelopment Authority was focused on the future rules for loan disbursal by the City of Marinette. The group ultimately voted to distribute loans for projects 

"We feel we should be disbursing this money as needed, rather than just giving it to them all at once," said chairman Steven E. Lang, who admitted the group was somewhat motivated by the delay on the opening of Bentley's Cafe, 2100 Hall Ave., which was loaned $35,700 in December 2016 and has yet to open. 

Lang said the group should still try to be flexible when it comes to larger purchases as not every individual has the money to pay for certain purchases up front. He made a motion that the Marinette Redevelopment Authority control the disbursement of the loan proceeds and pay out on an as-needed basis, with discretion of the group, in accordance with normal business practices. The motion was seconded by Carol Kempka, and unanimously approved by the authority's members. 

After voting on the future process for loan disbursal, Community Development Specialist Jan Kust updated the group on the status of Bentley's Cafe, which is a work in progress by Ashley and Ben Plosczynski. Neither of the Plosczynskis were present at the meeting, but Kust said the last she had heard from the pair was that the forthcoming restaurant in the former Midtown Floral & Gifts had no new progress. 

"We will continue to try to contact and get any updates," she said. 

Lang said he planned to follow up as well and keep the authority posted on progress. 

Kempka asked what the time limit was for businesses seeking development loans to open after receiving the loaned money. Lang said the limit was six months. He said the authority should seek some answers about the delay in the business's opening, rather than "pull the trigger" immediately. 

"Right now we just need some information," Lang said. 

The authority members took no action on the update.