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Belle Plaine officials met with CAT board April 14


The fate of Belle Plaine’s quest for a $513,000 Vision Iowa Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT) grant for downtown revitalization is still up in the air following a CAT Review Committee meeting last Wednesday in Stuart.

“They didn’t have many questions,” Belle Plaine City Administrator Bill Daily said of the committee as it continues to evaluate grant applications from seven Iowa communities. Kalona and West Union also seek state funding for downtown revitalization projects. All presented their projects to the committee in March.

Daily said the April 14 meeting, also attended by Mayor James Daily, Councilman Marvin DeRycke, Main Street Design Committee member Geraldine Norgaard and representatives of the Belle Plaine Community Development Corp., provided little information on the possible outcome of the city’s grant application.

“There was no indication one way or another other than it was not scored yet. We’ll have to wait and see,” Daily stated.

If the city is awarded the grant, funding will provide signage, cultural and historical elements in the downtown area.

The next CAT Review Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12. The location has not been announced.





UPDATED April 16, 2010 1:37 PM

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