The Nebraska City City Council approved the city’s application for comprehensive development block grant funds at its meeting Monday night.
Council members passed a resolution for Mayor Bryan Bequette to sign the application, which requests $350,000 from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
The grant application also requires $108,851 in matching funds from the city.
The grant would be used to help fund three projects in the city: street and storm drain improvements on North 7th Street, roof replacement on the east side of the Nebraska City Veteran’s Memorial Building, and improvements to Nuckolls Square Park, including making the restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and adding adult exercise equipment to the park.
After discussions with representatives from the state department of economic development, Nebraska City City Administrator Grayson Path said the application was revised to remove a request for $12,500 in funds to help pay for improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Morton-James Public Library.
Council members heard an update from Bill Hayes of the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown’s Cave about the upcoming Civil War re-enactment on Oct. 7 and 8.
Hayes said the event, which has been designated as an NE150 Signature  Event, will feature two battles on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and one battle at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Battles will be staged in the wheat field west of Wyuka Cemetery, said Hayes, while the re-enactors will encamp around the Wildwood House at 420 Steinhart Park Rd.
Hayes said that plans are being made to possibly host a night fire event at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, which would feature firing of up to five cannon that will be on hand for the weekend events.
Pam Frana of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce provided the council with an update on the Gran Fondo/Steamboat Trace Festival, which will take place in Nebraska City, Peru and Brownville on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Frana said a bus route will run between the three cities, with Nebraska City stops on Central Avenue near the public restrooms, at Arbor Day Farms, and at Kimmel Orchard.
Other events planned in downtown Nebraska City on Oct. 14 include a rock climbing wall, exotic animal zoo and bounce houses, all in the Memorial Building parking lot at the corner of 8th Street and 1st Corso, as well as a beer garden/tailgate event on Memorial Way.
Matt Lundak of The Depot Taproom and Kitchen will provide the beer garden, and plans are underway to set up a tailgate event ahead of the Nebraska-Ohio State game that day, said Frana.
During the meeting, council members also rook the following actions:
Approved the use of Hole 5 of Wildwood Golf Course for the Wildwood Star Party on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Approved the special designated license request from Backstage Bar, LLC, to use the Memorial Building parking lot for a beer garden during the AppleJack Festival Sept. 15 through 17.
Approved an access and hold harmless agreement between the city and the Nebraska City Housing Authority for the placement of security camera relay equipment on the top of the Riverview Terrace building.
Authorized a change in employee retirement plans to move from the Nationwide Innovator fund window to the Nationwide Flex Advantage fund window.
The next regularly scheduled Nebraska City City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Bill Davis Room of City Hall, 1409 Central Ave.
A public hearing on the city’s budget for FY 2017-2018 is scheduled to be part of the meeting.