Additional Downtown Beatrice Projects Approved

BEATRICE – Two more applicants are being loaned grant funds to help with downtown Beatrice building façade projects.

The city council Monday night approved an allocation of $9,800 to David and Virginia Lepant  for improvements at 119 North 5th.  The council approved $8,000 to Mike and Sue McClain for improvements at 420 and 422 Court…and 105 and 111 North 5th…the former Schmitt’s Clothing building. The money comes from a community development block grant awarded by the state for downtown redevelopment.

In other action, the city council approved the plat for the Paddock Lane Elementary School Addition, for which the Beatrice Public School District is seeking bids.

Elected officials finalized the transfer of property to Robert and Brenda Rayburn, in the 600 block of Grace Street.  City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the area includes a street platted more than a century ago, that’s never been used.

:26                  “never been improved”

The council voted to vacate part of the unused street, to go along with a section vacated years ago.  Officials then approved conveying the land and a contract for sale, for $400.   The property being sold is 25-by-145 feet.

The unused street is in west Beatrice, near Grace, Thayer and LaSelle Streets.

Monday night, city officials approved a final payment to Lottman Carpenter Construction of about $28,000, for 2nd Street paving work.  As a separate company works to beat colder weather, the brick street project in front of the Gage County Museum and the construction on museum property, continues.

:31                  “this winter, as well”

North 2nd Street between Court and Grant remains closed for the construction work.

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