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Council to consider grants for restaurant, employees, housing renovationsTell North Platte what you think

The city council has a busy agenda for its meeting Tuesday evening, March 21.

First, the council meets a 6:30 p.m. for a work session to discuss the downtown façade design program.

At 7:30 p.m., the council convenes in regular session. High on the agenda is a $30,000 grant for renovation of the former Depot restaurant downtown. Owners Mark and Dee Lutrell said asked for the money to restore the building, which will cost around $100,000.

The Lutrells plan to spend another $150,000 or so to start the operation -- a total of about $250,000 to get the restaurant up and running.

Also, the council will consider about $350,000 for an incentive to attract about 70 new employees to North Platte. Under the program, t company would enter a three-year agreement with a worker for a job that pays at least $20 an hour. The worker would get $10,000 as a signing bonus, with half coming from the city.  

the money for both the preceding performance grants will come from the quality growth fund -- about $3 million that is set aside for business incentives.

In other business, the council will:

• Hold a public hearing will be held to consider help to rehabilitate 12 owner-occupied dwellings in the city with a $397,500 community development block grant. The city will provide another $39,750. Of the total, $300,000 will be spent on construction and rehabilitation. Another $39.750 will be spent on housing management and $18,000 is allocated for lead testing and clearance.

• Also, the Mayor will ask for authorization to join with nine other Nebraska cities to promote the development of vehicles to run on electricity and compressed natural gas.

• The Mayor seeks authorization to sign health and accident contracts with the city self-insurance plan.

• Finally, the council is expected to authorize the extension of East Francis St. to South Tabor.

The meeting is in the council chambers at City Hall, 211 W. Third.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/19/2017
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I hope the Lutrell's get the money. The QGF has been sitting there for how long? It seems like it takes an act of God to get any of it. It's time for the city council to show that they care about small local business. Now you all know as well as I do that they don't. But it would be nice if they did. Maybe that should be something we all remember come election time.
Posted by bigtroubleinlittlenp    - 3/20/2017 10:52:14 AM
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