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Fox Theatre to request federal grant

Friday, November 12, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Fox Theatre wants the city to help it receive a $254,300 federal grant to improve accessibility at the facility. The McCook City Council plans a public hearing to discuss the application at its semi-monthly meeting Monday, 7:30 p.m., at council chambers.

If approved, city staff would apply for the Tourism Development Program Community Development Block grant, on behalf of the Fox Theatre, through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

The council will host three other public hearings as well. The Daughters of the American Revolution building, near East M and East Third, is being considered for relocation. The council will consider approval of a resolution following the discussion.

Three residential lots have been proposed to be rezoned from Highway Commercial to Residential Medium Density. The properties are located at 908 West 14th, 910 West 14th and 912 West 14th street. A related ordinance will be introduced for approval following that public hearing.

The fourth and final public hearing will be to review the request from E.I.A. LLC for a special exception for a sand and gravel mining operation, one and a half miles southwest of McCook city limits.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda:

* The Chamber of Commerce has requested to conduct the annual Christmas Light Parade on Norris Avenue, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will involve Santa's arrival at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport and the use of a fire truck for his transportation in the parade.

* The city staff will present an update on the municipal facility voters approved at the Nov. 2 election.

* A fireworks ordinance revision which adds a December selling period will be presented for the second of three required readings for approval.

* Three previously declared nuisance properties, that received time extensions from council, are due for further review.

The properties are 8101⁄2 W. Fourth, 1416 West Fairacres and 1418 West Fairacres.

* The lease agreement with McCook National Bank for financing the front end loader at the transfer station is up for renewal.

The proposed agreement will have a three percent interest rate.

* The bid for a new police car is proposed to go to Deveny Motors in the amount of $19,799.

* A $2,750 change order for the 2010-11 asphalt street improvements will be considered for approval.

* An agreement with the State of Nebraska, Department of Roads for public transportation operating assistance for the city will be considered for approval.

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It is not a federal grant in is a taxpayer grant. If they want to keep wasting money on this building then pay for it but don't ask taxpayers to pay for it.

-- Posted by Oh what a wonderful day on Sat, Nov 13, 2010, at 9:29 AM

Now see.... This is where things get dicey. The remodeling of this, which end result would be that the theater would be used for it's intended purpose. This is a building that isn't being proposed to be turned into a mini mall but keep it's same function that it was designed for. Further, it is a cultural property which is to say that it could be used to increase visitors. The Theater Committee has indeed used much privetly funded money to get the building up to code for purposes of maintaining a certificate of occupancy. The issue that they face is that they would like to wrap things up and don't have the next 15 years to do this. Other communities have done similar restorations, Atwood, Norton KS, Smith Center KS just to name a few. It is taxpayer money they are seeking no question, but I feel it goes to a greater cause. Then again, I feel that the Arts are an important part of a thriving city.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Sun, Nov 14, 2010, at 12:47 AM

And how many attend or care about any arts, not very many here in McCook or for that matter anywhere. It is a very small percentage that cares about art, whether it is the art of getting more money from the taxpayers or the art of Ben Nelson Statue. UGH!

-- Posted by geewhiz on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 4:01 PM

I'd say there are more people than might be expected, that are at least interested in art, curious about it.

Art is a barometer of a societies class, which is to say that a cultural society is found to be "mindful" or of intellect.

It is sad that there aren't a rise of people, country wide, that take interest in the arts in my opinion as it opens the doors to many considerations, look at Leonardo da Vinci, an artist and an inventor.... ahead of his time.

Art can be a very useful tool if you allow it to be. I myself am only one of those curious spectators without a talented bone in my body, but I do like to "think" I can appreciate art.

I think it would be a shame to lose the "Idea" of having a place to appreciate all the forms of artistic talents that the Fox Theater show-cases. It's nice to have a little something for everyone. We have sports in town, we have churches, parks, movies, Lord KNOWS we have drinking establishments.... a place for arts, performing, or otherwise seems like a nice addition to what McCook can offer and those that line up the entertainment there do a pretty fair job of keeping things going.

If they were talking about remodeling the Fox to be used as a mini mall, I agree that it may not be needed. We ARE talking about a "Classic" Main Street building in down town though and if you really want to see how a city goes to the dogs, look at those that have abandoned their Down Towns and gone to the more industrial look of metal buildings. Not many people driving through those towns take a moment and say, "Wow.... That's a neat place." Now take a look at the Cities that gave their Down Town some attention.... Does the Hey Market or Old Market ring a bell? Flourishing districts which actually draw a crowd and dare I say it?......... There are a lot of artsy people in that area. It's kind of neat.

The Lied Main-Street Program indicated that McCook had a good foundation to make a historic Down Town. It's better than an open dirt lot or a metal fašade store front. (this is not in reference to the lot formally occupied by the Romanoff building, I'm sure there will be an attractive if not USEFUL replacement for an old eyesore / hazard.) It's not just a curvaceous building amongst dissimilar structures, it fits into the sky-line and completes the space that occupies.

By the way..... I know that if NO-ONE spends the tax money that the federal government plucks from the hard working Americans, then theoretically everyone's taxes "should" go down but that is only after the leaders of our Great Nation have used that surplus of tax dollars to fund their high dollar dinners, fancy trips, and $500.00 toilet seats. We'll be paying that tax for a while.... I'd sooner see it spent on my own Down Town than a $500.00 toilet seat to be used after a $2000.00 meal. (I'm just being cynical, sorry.... And I DO believe in our Great Nation)

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 7:20 PM

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