More Projects Approved, for Downtown Beatrice Store Front Upgrades

BEATRICE –  Downtown Beatrice could become a busy place in the coming months, with construction projects going on.  The Beatrice City Council, Monday night, approved another four projects under a state grant program, aimed at building front upgrades.

Recently, a committee recommended approval of 17 separate projects.  City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the projects undergo an environmental review.

:21                  “submitting to you”

The city loans out the state grant funds received, under provisions that require project developers to complete and maintain their improvements for a five-year period.

Loans approved by elected officials, last night, include….

  • $12,000 to Darrell Fletcher for a building at 404 Court Street
  • $8,000 to Ann Freese for 505 Court
  • $5,000 to Ron and Norma Maschmeier for a building at 722 Court
  • $5,000 to Michael and Jane White for 110 North 5th

The project developers are required to provide a deed of trust, although one of the projects approved last night…the Maschmeier property at 722 Court…chose an alternative that meets the requirement.

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Tempelmeyer says the most detailed requirements for project developers relate to the historic designation of the downtown.

:05                  “regulations”

City officials expect to receive about ten more plans for improving store fronts.

In other action Monday night, Beatrice council members approved several contract payments totaling nearly $340,000.  The payments are for North 2nd Street work, Municipal Auditorium repair, sewer projects and alley reconstruction.

Council members also approved a new three-year agreement with Gage County, for Beatrice Fire and Rescue to provide ambulance service to some specified rural areas.   The annual fee paid by the county, will be $180,000.

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