McCOOK, Nebraska -- After coordinating with several local groups Doug Joyce of the McCook Community College and Rex Nelson of the McCook Economic Development Corporation told the McCook City Council that patience was the best approach for the vacant lot at Norris Avenue and B Street, formerly home to the Romanoff building.
The pair, with the assistance of other citizens, have spent the last several months coordinating ideas for the future of the high visibility lot and presented their recommendation during the council's regularly scheduled meeting, Monday evening at Memorial Auditorium. Their conclusion was that until additional funds were raised, the best use of the lot would be a light amount of landscaping and to leave the wall as is. Suggesting some brickwork with a sidewalk through it, a small tree, a few street lamps and patience regarding the highly visible wall.
"Low maintenance, low cost, low water requirements, visually appealing and leave the wall, because it looks so nice already and until the right idea and funding is in place," said Joyce, who added that city staff had done a nice job with clearing the lot that the urgency to improve it was no longer there.
Joyce and Nelson also explained that the majority of area people would like to see a beautiful mural of some sort on the wall, but that costs for that would likely be in the $50,000 range, which exceeded the $17,000 the McCook Main Street Consortium group had donated to improve the lot. City funding, that was initially budgeted to match or be in addition to the main street donation, was pulled before the 2010-11 budget was finalized, according to city staff.
The existing Telecommunication Fee Schedule was also amended during the meeting, to allow for additional fees when a user has more than three antennas, runs more than six coax cables or more than one control building. The change came after Verizon wireless requested to increase their antennas numbers on the west water tower from three to six, as well as the number of coax cables from six to twelve. A $250 increase in monthly fees to the city could result if the equipment addition is approved by engineers.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda;
* Appointments of Kent Craw, Doug Skiles, Dale Dueland, Jason Grigg and Kent Kilpatrick to the City of McCook Economic Development Plan Loan Committee were ratified.
* An agreement between the city and the Alliance for the Encouragement of the Visual and Performing Arts, that will allow grant funding for the Fox Theatre renovation project to be released, was approved.
* Terms of the addendum to the oil and gas lease between Credo Petroleum and the City of McCook were approved.
* An ordinance proposing the rezoning of three lots owned by Theresa Leamon, located in the Fairacres addition was approved for its second of three required readings. The action moves the lots from residential medium density mobile home district to business commercial district and was recommended for approval by both the city staff and the Planning Commission.
* MO Dough LLC was granted a special liquor license for a bull riding event.