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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Action Plan to be Revisited

  • The Nebraska City city council will revisit adopting the Comprehensive Investment and Stabilization (CIS) Action Plan that it failed to approve during its last meeting.
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  • The Nebraska City city council will revisit adopting the Comprehensive Investment and Stabilization (CIS) Action Plan that it failed to approve during its last meeting.
    The CIS plan, which if approved would grant the city $250 thousand a year to be put toward approved projects and would last for three years. In total the city would receive $750 thousand from the state. It would then be required to match the amount spent.
    Some of the projects recommended in the plan last presented to the council included the paving of roads in the Kearney Hill area and restoration of the Memorial Building.
    The plan was created with the help of a citizen survey and multiple public meetings which were used to establish what citizens most wanted to see done in their areas.
    To create the plan, Nebraska City was granted $8,500. A failure to approve the plan would mean that the city would be required to repay that money to the state.
    The action plan failed to pass approval because of a 2-2 vote. With Mayor Jack Hobbie and Commissioner Dean Handy voting yes and commissioner's Jeff Crunk and Mark Mercer voting no. Commissioner Jim Stark was absent.
    “In these economic times I just don't think it's a good idea,” said Mercer during the last council meeting. Referring to the fund matching required of the city.
    The Council has sense received multiple letters from members of the community asking that they reconsider their vote and approve the plan.
    Three of the letters can be read by clicking the links to the left of the story.

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