The Fresno City Council on Thursday morning agreed to accept $4.6 million from the state High-Speed Rail Authority to fund a Local High-Speed Rail Business Support Services Program.
The deal is for three years and will, among other things, pay for extra city employees to handle the multitude of issues affecting local business when the super-train line is built across Fresno.
About $3.4 million will go for staffing in four city departments: planning, public works, fire and public utilities. The remaining $1.2 million will go to the Economic Development Corporation Serving Fresno County for outreach to local businesses.
City Hall and the EDC have a partnership to keep businesses affected by high-speed rail in Fresno and successfully competing.
The council also placed four properties on the Local Register of Historic Resources: