Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has turned down Chadron’s application for a $200,000 grant from the Local Civic and Community Center Financing Fund for a community meeting room that would be part of a proposed building enclosing the city’s outdoor swimming pool.
The department says it received 13 grant applications and Chadron’s did not score as well as the others in the area of Project Readiness…the ability to quickly finance and implement the project. Mayor Karin Fischer says that did not come as a surprise.
“We knew that it was a long shot because we don’t even have the design ready, we know the cost of the program, but because they had a short deadline we thought we’d give it a try anyway. It’s good experience to do the grants and it also puts your name in front of people like this.
Fischer says the DED letter was actually encouraging…both in asking the city to reapply for other projects in the future and in offering 4 other funding possibilities.
“I’ve head of some of those, but maybe we haven’t heard of all of them. It’s a disappointment to know that we weren’t successful at this time, but I think it was a good thing to do.”
A special committee is currently working with pool consultant Burbach Aquatics to determine what the pool project should include, its expected cost, and a recommended funding method.
Once that information is complete, the city council will decide whether to go ahead and ask city residents to vote on the proposal.