NC projects could benefit COVID-19 funds

Julie Davis
Nebraska City News-Press

Two construction projects in Nebraska City may be able to benefit from $3 million in grant funds available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building Project and the Nebraska City Sports Complex may each qualify for up to $1.5 million from the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act, which was recently passed by the Nebraska Legislature.

The act is helping qualified non-profit organizations relating to arts, culture or the humanities, as well as operators of sports complexes, complete capital projects that will provide a positive economic impact to the state that the pandemic delayed.

The Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building Project board is pursuing its grant fund opportunity, and the city council signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday night with Growing Regional Economic Activity Today (GREAT), which will be the nonprofit organization pursuing funding for the Sports Complex.

During the June 21 meeting, the council also:

Approved a special designated liquor license for Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce to co-host a beer garden with Arbor Day Farm during the Treestock event on July 3 at Steinhart Park;

Approved the purchase of a 2021 Freightliner Vactor 2100 truck for Nebraska City Utilities. Net cost of this vehicle will be $387,324.96, after a trade-in of $24,650 for the 1997 vehicle that is being replaced; and

Discussed the legal status of the Wildwood Triangle and the feasibility of placing the surplus land up for development.

The council also discussed the possibility of adding electric scooters as an option for tourists visiting the downtown business district.

After the discussion, the council directed Nebraska City City Attorney Drew Graham and Nebraska City City Administrator Lou Leone to redraft a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Bird Rides, which would provide the scooter.

Discussion on the matter is expected to continue at the city’s next council meeting on Tuesday, July 6.

The next regular Nebraska City City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at the Rowe Memorial Public Safety Complex, 1518 Central Ave.

The meeting will be delayed one day because Monday, July 5, is a legal holiday.