Norfolk Residents Participate in Discussion About City Development Survey

NORFOLK — Norfolk residents will have a say in potential future city improvements.

The City hosted town hall meetings Thursday night where representatives from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District shared preliminary results from a Comprehensive Development Survey.

In December, Norfolk was awarded the Community Development Block Grant by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The grant funds a preliminary study that identifies the needs the City is unaware of in target areas of Norfolk. Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District Deputy Director Tina Engelbart explains the grant process.

“The timeline is for us to finish gathering the community input through surveys and town hall meetings, and then we’ll finish the study and present that at a city council meeting in August, basically for their acceptance. Then that will get forwarded to the Department of Economic Development, along with the phase two grant application, which is actually where the implementation dollars come in. So, those are due in September. Funding would probably be late winter. “

Engelbart says the City has received similar grants in the past. Engelbart says there are a few needs that have been identified as high priority.

“Some of the preliminary results of the survey have been infrastructure needs, such as city streets, water, sewer, storm sewer, availability of jobs, childcare facilities, housing always is a big one as well, and facade improvements in the targeted areas.”

Residents had the opportunity to ask questions and give their input at the meeting. Ideas for the city to consider included improvements to storm water drains on certain streets.

Thursday’s meetings were the first of four meetings. The next meetings will be on June 15th at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Norfolk City Council Chambers. Residents can still complete a survey, or attend the town hall meetings next week.

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