The Nebraska City City Council approved a variety of requests from Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce to use city parking lots and other facilities for special activities in the months ahead.
NCTC Executive Director Amy Allgood asked council members to approve a request to host a carnival in Steinhart Park from June 29 to July 2.
Allgood explained that June 29 would be the carnival’s set-up day, and July 2 would be the day  the carnival would be taken down and packed up in order to travel to its next location.
Allgood said discussions are underway to possibly bring a petting zoo into the carnival area to add a new attraction to this year’s carnival.
Council members approved the request.
The council also approved Allgood’s request to use the Sunken Parking Lot from 6 p.m. Friday, July 21, through July 22 for the second annual Arbor Town Throw Down 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
Having the lot closed on Friday night allows organizers the opportunity to sweep the courts and draw in the court lines before play gets underway, she added.
Council members also approved Allgood’s request for downtown merchants to use the sidewalks to display merchandise during the annual Lemon Days Sale July 27 through 30, as well as a request to set up booths on Memorial Way on Saturday, July 29, for home-based businesses to use during the Lemon Days Sale.
Finally, the council approved Allgood’s request to use the Sunken Parking Lot on Saturday, July 29, for the Bike Rodeo that was rained out in late May.
Allgood said organizers have selected a rain date of July 30, noting that they learned their lesson from not having a rain date selected when the event was rained out.
The council also heard an update from Jeana Stavas regarding NE150 events in Nebraska City.
Stavas began with a brief recap of the upcoming Farm to Fork Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Organizers are at the point of planning the menu and finalizing staffing issues, said Stavas.
Stavas added that 87 of the 100 tickets to the dinner have been sold, and she expects the remainder to be purchased soon.
For those who don’t want to spend $75 for dinner but still want to be part of the event, Stavas said that $10 Sip-n-Stroll tickets are available for an event that will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Downtown merchants will offer guests small bites of locally sourced ingredients during the three-hour event, which will also feature live music, an open air market and an art walk.
Stavas also reminded the audience of the other upcoming NE150 events: the Spirit of Brownville cruises in September, the Steamboat Trace Festival and Grand Fondo in October, and the Veteran’s Memorial Building event to honor 150 veterans in November.
In other matters, the council:
Approved the reappointment of Richard Gibson, Charles Stoner and Rick Freshman to the Nebraska City Planning Commission.
Approved the reappointment of Rob Schreiner and Beth Hammond to the Nebraska City Tree Board.
Approved the parking plan submitted by the River City Car Club for the AppleJack Car Show on Sept. 17.
Approved a change in the city’s personnel manual break policy.
Council members also discussed the need to establish a policy for grant applications and expenditures.
Finance Commissioner Gloria Glover said she believed there was a need for such a policy, especially if matching funds were required for the grant or if city funds would need to be expended.
Mayor Bryan Bequette said he didn’t want the policy to be so bureaucratic as to discourage people from applying for grants.
Nebraska City City Administrator Grayson Path, Nebraska City City Attorney David Partsch and Glover agreed to write a draft policy for council members to review.