Downtown revitalization on city agenda

Friday, June 29, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will consider approval of a contract necessary to develop a downtown revitalization plan, which could lead to roughly $350,000 in downtown infrastructure improvements.

The Community Development Block Grant contract is between the City of McCook and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and focuses on creating a revitalization plan at an anticipated cost of $39,300.

If councilors approve the contract, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., during their regularly scheduled meeting at Memorial Auditorium, the city will be responsible for $9,300 of the expense of the plan, with the CDBG contract authorizing NDED to award a grant to cover the remaining amount.

The contract notes that NDED has made a reservation of up to $350,000 in additional CDBG funds for possible future award to the city, based on their evaluation of the results of the revitalization plan and the city's subsequent plans.

City staff will have until March 29, 2013, to submit that material to NDED.

The revitalization plan and potential downtown improvements stem from combined efforts by city staff and the McCook Economic Development Corp. earlier this year in applying for the downtown planning grant. After applying for the downtown planning grant they were notified in late April that they had made the final cut and were selected for a site visit from representative of NDED in May.

Councilors will consider approval of the creation of a paving district that will saddle property owners with $91,837 in improvements to the alley between West 14th Street and West Fairacres, from West Q Street to West O Street. The alley improvements would be levied on at least seven property owners that possess bordering lots. The original petition asking for the improvements included signatures from four property owners, Joe Leamon, Todd Baker, Jim Kenny and Mark Wilcox. Donald Hagan Jr. and MC Leasing LLC appear to be other affected property owners, according to the meeting agenda.

The item was originally accompanied by the creation of a second paving district for street improvements in the area, that district was voted down by councilors during a June meeting after property owners spoke out against it.

Councilors may enter into executive session to further discuss the purchase of potential real estate for the cation waste disposal system.

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