Bluffs council to get update on Downtown redevelopment

The Scottsbluff council will get a report Monday from the downtown revitalization committee on improvements to the Farmers Market area on 18th Street and Broadway. The group wants the council to approve the purchase of awnings and have the council consider making changes to the entrance and exit of the parking lot to make it more useable for events.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says when Broadway is repaved next year, the city will begin making changes in the downtown area. They include removing the stop lights and replacing them with stop signs, installing angle parking, reducing the travel lanes from four to two, and installing a median with landscaping and tree plantings. The idea is to slow down traffic and encourage people to spend time downtown.

Kuckkahn says new street plantings will also be made in the sidewalk area to eliminate some of the brick and replace older trees.

The council Monday night will also consider approval of a letter to the EPA indicating the city is nearing completion of a project to connect the city's water supply to the Hillerege Addition where arsenic contamination was found.The project is being funded by EPA superfunds.

The council will also consider a settlement agreement where Chicory USA repay $61,000 of L.B. 840 money to the city because of their failure to earn promised job credits.

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