Catholic School Grant Application Fails to Clear Beatrice City Council

BEATRICE – Beatrice Plus funding for a local church project has been denied, after the Beatrice City Council deadlocked on the request, Monday night.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School was seeking $1,000 in utility ratepayer donations to help install an A-D-A—compliant concrete path, into a new playground.

City Councilman Ted Fairbanks said it’s a great project, but isn’t similar to the situation where elementary schools are listed as public parks, in the city’s master plan.

:31                  “private property”

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Principal pointed out during the application for funding that the playground is open to the public, when the Catholic School is not holding classes.

:07                  “organization”

Councilman Bob Morgan says he is concerned about a precedent that could be set by approving the funding request.

:21                  “no to another”

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the city likely already set the precedent when it previously approved funding playground equipment, inside the Indian Creek Mall.

The four councilmen who supported the funding request were Council President David “Pede” Catlin, Rich Kerr, Phil Cook and Joe Billesbach.  Voting in opposition were Ted Fairbanks, Bob Morgan, Dwight Parde and Rick Clabaugh.   Since Catlin was presiding over Monday night’s meeting in the absence of Mayor Stan Wirth, there was no tie-breaking vote on the funding request.

The Beatrice Plus program derives revenue from utility ratepayers who agree to have their monthly bill rounded up to the next full dollar amount.

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