CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Andela Taylor of rural Cambridge wrote in a report to Red Willow County commissioners and Steve Charleston of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development that progress continues on EarthBlooms eco-retreat southwest of Cambridge, in Red Willow County.
In her response, which must be submitted to the DED by Sept. 16, Taylor defends a decision to add onto their home rather than use a self-standing retreat structure for esthetic, economic and "green" reasons; their purchases of a camera, barbecue grill, ATV and fire truck for use at the retreat; and construction delays caused by wet weather, muddy roads and busy contractors.
Taylor explained that while she has prospective events in mind "still this fall," she will not set dates. "When we are finished, I will set some events in motion immediately," she writes to Charleston.
She also wrote that she will meet hiring requirements and worked hours required by a state reporting period which ends June 30, 2011.
Commission Chairman Earl McNutt said that Taylor's $123,000 grant is all spent. "I hope she holds a couple events soon, and gets going," McNutt said. "I don't want to face what could happen next."
In an Aug. 6, 2008, letter from Charleston to McNutt and county commissioners about Taylor's CDBG grant, Charleston writes: "The department recommends that the County not draw all the funds until the final project is completed. If the project is not completed, then the County will be responsible for the repayment of CDBG funds to the department."
Red Willow County has acted as the governmental entity through which grant funds for Taylor's project from the NDED could be funneled since Taylor was approved for the grant in August 2005.