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Downtown property owners invited to Wednesday meeting

October 7, 2008
The Daily Freeman Journal

Property owners in the downtown SMID district are invited to a meeting set for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at city hall to discuss the future of the SMID.

The initial 10 year lifetime of the SSMID is about to expire and so it is time to re-sign a petition to extend the SSMID for another 10 years. Tthe purpose of the SSMID is to generate funds for improvements and maintenance within the district. By approving the measure, property owners will choose to retain a small levy that has been added to property taxes. Currently that levy is $1.50 per $1,000 of valuation, and generates about $9,000 per year. A board comprised of property owners from within the district determines how those funds are spent to help enhance and beautify the downtown area and bring more activity and customers to your business.

The current balance of the district is about $13,000.

Current expenditures include:

Mulch bed annual maintenance

Planters: plants and watering/weeding

Pigeon control

Four large information signs: maintenance/periodic panel replacement

Christmas decorations (new snow-flake decorations to be installed on the light poles for their first season this year)

Trash receptacle/benches: (replace/repair if damaged)

Potential projects/expenditures include:

Tree trimming/removal/replacement (have not done much, but will need to soon)

Match monies for grants to market our downtown

Advertising promotions

Downtown website to link to/host individual businesses

Monies for incentives for new and existing businesses

The current area in the SSMID is Secnd Street in the 500-600-700 blocks plus Town & Country Ins in the 400 block; Seneca St., Willson Ave., and Des Moines St. north to alley and south to First St.; old post office and Habhab's building. At this renewal time, the boundaries of the SSMID can be changed if property owners so choose.

For more information contact any of the following board members; Bill Greenley, Steve Struchen, Al Reynolds, Dean Monroe, Pat Chambers, Pat Wescott, Connie Gilbert, John Hemingway, Jack Buser, Ron Birkestrand.



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