Downtown Improvement Board Kearney, Nebraska May 7, :00 a.m.

Kearney, Nebraska 8:00 a.m. A meeting of the City of Kearney was called to order by Chairperson Walter Martin, at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday,, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Present: Walter Martin,
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Kearney, Nebraska 8:00 a.m. A meeting of the City of Kearney was called to order by Chairperson Walter Martin, at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday,, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Present: Walter Martin, Mike Suchan, Ron Lieske, SueZan King and David Brandt. Absent: None. Representing City Administration: Suzanne Brodine, Assistant City Manager/Development Services Director and JoAnn Englert, Administrative Assistant. Also present was Dick Reiter, Main Street Kearney Director; Bill Bonner, Good Samaritan Hospital and Ashley White, Kearney Hub. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Kearney Hub, the designated method for giving notice, a copy of the proof of publication being attached to these minutes. Advance notice of the meeting was also given to the Board Members. Availability of the Agenda was communicated in the advance notice and given to the Board Members. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the meeting was open to the attendance of the public. ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN MEETINGS ACT: Martin stated that in accordance with Section of the Nebraska Revised Statutes, a current copy of the Open Meetings Act is available for review and is posted on the wall at the back of the Council Chambers. APPROVE MINUTES OF MEETING HELD APRIL 2, 2014: Martin asked the Board if they had any questions regarding the minutes from the April 2, 2014 meeting; no response was given. Moved by Martin, seconded by Lieske to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2014 meeting as presented. All voted: Aye. Nay: None. Absent: None. Motion carried. REVIEW MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Martin noted that the balance was approximately $33,000. Brodine added that the façade grant money that would be awarded at today s meeting would not be deposited into the Board s account until October 1, APPROVE CLAIMS: Moved by Martin, seconded by Suchan to approve the claims as presented. All voted: Aye. Nay: None. Absent: None. Motion carried. APPROVE 2014 KEARNEY HEARTCHASE EVENT SPONSORED BY GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL: Bill Bonner stated that he represents Good Samaritan Hospital and was before the Board today to request permission to hold the 2014 HeartChase in Downtown Kearney. Bonner stated that Good Samaritan partners with the American Heart Association each year for the event. Bonner stated that this year with be the 4 th annual HeartChase event noting that in previous years they Page 2 have partnered with the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) and held the event on campus. Bonner stated that this year they would like to move the event to Downtown Kearney in an effort to increase participation and community support. The event has been tentatively scheduled for October 4, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Bonner stated that last year the event had approximately 110 participants and another 100 volunteers. Bonner added that last year s event raised nearly $20,000 for the American Heart Association. Bonner stated that the HeartChase event itself is structured like a survival game; teams must complete a series of minute-to-win-it games at ten different check points. Bonner stated that they would like to partner with Downtown businesses to host the check points. Bonner stated that last year, the last team completed the challenge in just less than one hour and 45 minutes. Bonner stated that last year there was an entry fee for the teams; this year that fee has been waived. Bonner stated that organizers are hopeful that teams will solicit businesses or organizations for donations in lieu of entry fees to support the cause. Bonner asked the Board to consider hosting the 2014 HeartChase event on the Bricks and noted he would be back before the Board at a later date to request parking lot closures for volunteers and Game Central the centralized meeting place for teams. Bonner asked the Board if they had any questions; Martin asked what day of the week October 4 th was. Brandt responded that it is a Saturday. Brodine stated that in early discussions regarding the event it was noted that street closures would not be necessary; Bonner stated that was still true. Lieske questioned if volunteers would be on hand to stop traffic; Brodine responded that while called the HeartChase, the event was not really a foot race. Bonner added that teams do sometimes quickly move from one check point to another, but would be expected to use the sidewalks and obey all laws. Bonner noted that prizes are awarded to the teams who: raise the most money, complete the event the quickest and who receive the most points. Bonner stated that teams download an app on any smart device the app is provided free of charge. The app shows teams the footprint of the race, leading teams to each check point to complete a different minute-to-win-it activity or game. Martin stated that ten businesses would be needed to sponsor check points; Bonner stated that was true and noted that event organizers would solicit businesses door to door or via letter to help out. Bonner added that individuals who have hosted check points in the past few years plan to volunteer to assist the Downtown businesses on the day of the race. Bonner added that once a business volunteered to host a check point, event organizers would work with them to help plan and organize their check point. Martin asked for some examples of the games; Bonner responded that in the past they have had activities such as a hula hoop challenge, a can stacking challenge, etc. Bonner stated it is a fun event; Martin agreed that is sounds like a fun event. Page 3 Moved by Lieske, seconded by Brandt to approve the 2014 HeartChase event sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital in Downtown Kearney tentatively set for October 4, All voted: Aye. Nay: None. Absent: None. Motion carried. AWARD 2014 FAÇADE PROJECT GRANT: Martin noted that only one application was before the Board for their review. The applicants were not present at the meeting. Brodine stated that if the Board had any questions, she or Reiter would be willing to try and answer them. Brodine noted that because this façade grant was smaller than most, the project may not be as eye catching as some that have been completed in the past. However, Brodine added that these two store fronts are in need of some assistance and stated that the grant would make a large impact. Brodine noted to the Board that the Home Thyme application did note a second phase but that only the first phase could be completed with the $10,000 grant that would be awarded today. Brandt asked if there were any rules set out that all project phases must be completed within a certain timeframe; Brodine stated there were not. However, Brodine did note that new to the façade contracts this year was a requirement that if the building owner were to do something within five years that detracted from the project that the Board approved and allocated grant funds for, the owner would be required to pay the money back to the Board. Moved by Martin, seconded by Lieske to award the 2014 Façade Project grant to Matthew and Eveyln Seip, owners of Home Thyme Antiques. All voted: Aye. Nay: None. Absent: None. Motion carried. DISCUSS MONTHLY REPORT FROM DICK REITER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAIN STREET KEARNEY: Reiter stated that a historic tax webinar was hosted by Main Street Kearney. Reiter stated it was a review of the federal tax credits that were available for property owners noting that a 20% credit was given to those buildings that are on the historic register. Reiter added that if a building is eligible but not on the register, a 10% credit could be given. Reiter discussed how properties could be added the historic register. Reiter stated that the Nebraska Legislature recently acted on LB 191 which is a state historic credit that could be added to the federal tax credits. Reiter noted that the state credit would not be available until January 1, Martin asked if the state credit was also 20%; Reiter stated that he was unsure. Martin asked if Downtown Kearney could be listed as a historic district; Reiter stated that it may take some creative boundary drawing but he thought it could be done. Reiter noted that 50% of the buildings in the district must qualify or contribute. Reiter stated the last known inventory of buildings was completed years ago. Reiter stated that since that time, more buildings have become eligible in the age category. Page 4 Reiter stated that he recently attended a Nebraska Main Street Kearney meeting in Lincoln. Reiter noted to the Board that Nebraska Main Street is being reorganized noting that membership fees would be lowered as a result. Reiter stated the promotions committee was working on ideas for sidewalk sales this summer. Reiter stated that he would be going door to door to each Downtown business to invite owners to attend the May 13 th promotions committee meeting to discuss ideas. Reiter stated that the Lemonade Stand project is set for August 9 th. MSK will be partnering with UNK s Young Entrepreneur class who will exhibit the same day. Reiter stated that the UNK student, Aaron Scholl, presented his research project: Business District Analysis report to the Economic Vitality Committee. Reiter stated the report provided some general areas in which the Downtown could expand. A survey is now available online on the MSK website to canvas the general public views and desires for Downtown. Reiter stated he continues to work on updating all events and dates on the Wort Building sign. Martin asked if there were any vacant properties in the Downtown: Reiter responded that the only vacancy is the kitchen area located in the back of Joe Poggoli s building across from MONA. Reiter also stated that Woolly Mammoth is moving their business to Omaha and noted that he has referred two people to that property who have inquired about available space. Martin recommended to Reiter that the news portion of the MSK website be updated noting that the last article was written in December Martin noted that the website looked great and commended Reiter for all his work on it. REPORT FROM STAFF: Englert stated that the alley façade project would begin on May 9, Englert added that Brodine has spoken to Bill Ballou with Solid Rock and let him know that his building would not be included due to the cost of repair work that was needed. Englert offered the color samples that had been selected by Brodine to the Board. Englert noted the paint has a UV additive in it to protect it from weather conditions. Martin asked if Englert had received updated bids from Coat All Painting and Done Right Masonry with the Solid Rock building removed from the project; Englert stated she had noting that Done Right Masonry s proposal was around $1500 and the total project was approximately $18,000 which was just under budget. Martin stated that if there were funds remaining from the alley façade project, he would like to see a small mural completed on the Garrett Tire wall. Brodine responded that any money left would be reserved until the alley façade project was completed; however, any money remaining could be used for another small grant project if the Board chose to do that. Brodine noted that Englert went door to door on that block to notify businesses that the alley and parking lot adjacent to the alley would be closed during the project to protect vehicles from paint overspray. Page 5 Martin noted that remaining funds could also be used for businesses to paint specific signage on their buildings; Brodine stated she had previously recommended that owners contact Tyson with Coat All Painting to discuss additional painting projects for their buildings, including signage, with him. Brodine noted that the Downtown Streetscape project is slightly ahead of schedule. Brodine stated that irrigation was being added this week to the green space near MONA. Brandt asked where there would be new traffic signals; Brodine responded new signals would be installed at the intersection of 22 nd Street and Central and to the north. Brandt asked if they would all be turned on at the same time or as they were installed; Brodine responded that she believed Blessing was waiting to turn them all on at the same time to make sure the timing could be set correctly. REPORT/COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD MEMBERS/PUBLIC: Martin stated he received a letter from Sarah Focke from the Kearney Visitors Bureau asking if the would sponsor the Lincoln Highway marker that was installed on the northeast side of MONA near the Civil War Monument. Martin stated the cost of the monument was $360. Brodine stated the marker was approximately 36 tall and was supposed to be a replica of the original Lincoln Highway marker. Martin noted that over a year ago he had committed via to pay for the marker if the Board was not interested. Brodine noted that the Visitors Bureau originally wanted to place the marker along Highway 30. However, the right of way north of the parking lot and adjacent to 25 th Street is owned and maintained by UNK. Therefore, the marker was installed on the northeast side of MONA in the City owned right of way near the monument. Brodine noted that due to the size of the marker, it would be best to have it installed where there is a large amount of pedestrian traffic. Martin asked if the marker could be relocated somewhere on Central Avenue; Brodine stated that it could be moved as long as the Visitors Bureau approved and the City approved the location. Martin stated that he would personally pay for the Lincoln Highway Marker. ADJOURNMENT: Moved by Martin, seconded by Lieske to adjourn the meeting. All voted: Aye. Nay: None. Absent: None. Motion carried. Mike Suchan, Board Secretary Walter Martin, Board Chairman
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