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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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