Economic Development, Dilapidated Properties, Fire Station on Work List

Economic Development, Dilapidated Properties, Fire Station on Work List
Overgrown area behind Dempster Manufacturing

BEATRICE – As he begins his second term in office, Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says he wants to continue focusing on economic development and continuing efforts to upgrade properties, in the city.   In some cases, that means demolishing substandard buildings, if necessary.

:46                  “are broke out”

Wirth says the Dempster building has become an eyesore in the community.  He also says on the other side of U.S. Highway 77, a block east, is the former Hoover Group building, where containers were once manufactured.

Former Hoover Group Manufacturing building

:23                  “that building”

Infrastructure improvements, Wirth says, will be an ongoing effort.  That includes streets, storm drainage and other utility work.

Following voter approval of a half-cent local sales tax increase, work will be continuing to construct a new fire station to replace the current municipal auditorium department that’s been in use since 1965.

:33                  “on the streets”

The mayor says city and rural firefighters have reached some consensus about how the inside layout of the new fire headquarters should be arranged.

A site purchase will likely be financed initially with city general fund money, later reimbursed by local sales tax revenue.   The new half-cent local tax is expected to go into effect April 1st.

Wirth says he’s hoping construction of the fire station could begin by mid-summer.

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