NEBRASKA CITY – Winter is coming and patrons of the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Nebraska City are ready.
Volunteer Ted Beilman told city commissioners Monday that the building’s lower level has been painted, deep cleaned and equipped with new LED lights without public expense.
These improvements allow Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce to use the building for a winter market, Nov. 20 to Dec. 22, from 3:45 to 6 p.m.
NCTC’s Amy Allgood said the winter market will help bakers, who are gearing up for the holiday season.
Allgood: This is a busy buying season for our customers. There are fruits, like apples, and vegetables, like carrots Chris probably knows more about that. There are baked goods, rolls and pies, and other things like jams and jellies and spices. Eggs, I’ve got some of those, but these are in high demand before the holiday cooking season.
Allgood: “We are excited about this opportunity to grow our market in the right direction.”
Some concerns from the city commissioners surrounded lack of water and working restrooms in the building.
These concerns were put to rest by Allgood with the information that the vendors face similar obstacles during the summer months when the farmer’s market is held out doors in the builidng’s parking lot. The solution is to send them to the public restrooms, less than a block away.
Beilman said use of the building will help the Veteran’s Memorial Building Committee to apply for USDA grants for the restoration of portions of the building.
Beilman also requested permission from the city commissioners to begin the process to apply for a CBDG Tourism Grant. This grant is a matching grant with the committee having to match 25 percent of the funds requested with funds of their own.
Beilman said these funds have already been raised and the Veteran’s Memorial Building project fits the requirements of the grant almost to a “T”. This request also passed unanimously.
The Nebraska City, City Council will meet again Tuesday, Nov. 6th, in a special meeting to approve the expenditure of $56,000 in donated funds to construct a new warning track on Clemmy Holmes Field.