Funding goes to 14 communities for public works improvements


LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Economic Development announces awards totaling approximately $5.3 million to 14 recipients under the Community Development Block Grant program’s Public Works funding opportunity.

The program’s funding exists to help communities work on projects that enhance public health and safety, economic well-being, local vitality, and quality of life.  The Public Works awards announced total $5,331,787 and support critical facility and infrastructure projects including but not limited to: new sidewalks and fire hydrants, elevated fire safety, and critical flood control.

“Local infrastructure is a central part of economic development that cannot be overlooked… The Community Development Block Grant Public Works program allows us as a state to support communities as they make a positive impact through infrastructure projects that enhance their well-being and potential for growth.” states DED Director Anthony L. Goins.


Current Community Development Block Grant Public Works Awards: 

  • Village of Anselmo: $401,597
    • The Village of Anselmo will receive funding to update and expand its existing community center.
  • Village of Bellwood: $419,660
    • The Village of Bellwood will use CDBG funding for sidewalks and new fire hydrants to establish a safe pedestrian walkway, which will include concrete paths and ADA compliant ramps.
  • Village of Brownville: $309,500
    • The Village of Brownville is preparing to replace the box culvert at the intersection of 7th and Main Streets, and to repave the street above.
  • Village of Brunswick: $327,045
    • The Village of Brunswick will improve Franklin Street, which is a well-traveled street leading into/out of the Village that had fallen into disrepair.
  • Village of Cordova: $365,000
    • The Village of Cordova is preparing to implement a street improvement project by making repairs to Socrates Street.
  • Village of Dannebrog: $435,000
    • The Village of Dannebrog will improve formerly dirt/gravel streets: First Street from Roger Welsch Avenue to Depot Street; Depot Street from First Street to approximately Second Street; and Copenhagen Street from Mill Street North to Pioneer Boulevard.
  • Village of Leshara: $335,000
    • The Village of Leshara is preparing to implement a street and drainage improvement project within municipal limits.

    • During the Phase I Leshara Street improvement project, six streets will undergo drainage improvements. The drainage improvements will utilize the existing open ditch drainage network and open channel flow.

  • Village of Loup City: $435,000
    • The City of Loup City is preparing to implement a street improvement project within municipal limits. Two streets will be improved: R Street from Seventh Street to Ninth Street and N Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street.
  • Village of Newcastle: $435,000
    • The Village of Newcastle is preparing to implement a street improvement project involving two streets within municipal limits.
  • Village of Pleasanton: $435,000
    • The Village of Pleasanton is preparing to implement a street improvement project for seven streets.
  • City of Red Cloud: $288,750
    • The City of Red Cloud will conduct a unique flood control drainage improvement project that includes rehabilitation and improvement of an established flood control dam (and emergency spillway) located one mile northwest of the city.

    • The funding will help the city reduce flooding and meet the standards of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.

  • Village of Sprague: $432,235
    • The Village of Sprague is preparing to implement a street and drainage improvement project within municipal limits on Water Street from 2nd Street to Sprague Road.
    • Four drainage ditches will also be improved.
  • City of Wayne: $303,000
    • The City of Wayne will be using CDBG funds to improve an existing swimming pool bath house to become an all-season recreational facility to house events such as picnics, Boy and Girl Scout meetings and family reunions, and to create an ADA accessible trailhead and connect the park to Wayne’s already established trail system.
  • City of Wymore: $410,000
    • The City of Wymore is preparing to purchase one rescue pumper fire truck to service the city. The truck will replace two fire trucks that have been removed from service, ensuring the city meets its firefighting needs.
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