In a short meeting Tuesday night the reviewed proposed Ogden Avenue Site Improvement Strategy matching grants for two local businesses and discussed the revised Comprehensive Plan.
The OASIS matching grant program began a year ago to improve the Ogden Avenue corridor—in terms of property and building appearance, signage, etc.
If approved, Prestige Liquors, at 739 Ogden Ave., would receive $29,234.38 in a matching grant. The second location, 1322 Ogden Ave.—the future site of Mr. Submarine—would receive $48,621.88.
Both locations were given a 25 percent bonus because the projects were more comprehensive than just focusing on one aspect of improvement, Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner said.
Dabareiner said 11 new projects were reviewed in August, including the two before the council that night.
Council members were very supportive of the program. Commissioner Marilyn Schnell said she thought it was a great program and a great way to move the sidewalk program along.
After inviting public comment—of which there was none—Mayor Martin Tully summed it up, saying, “I have yet to see anyone complain about improving the look of Ogden Avenue.”
Moving onto the first reading of the newly revised Comprehensive Plan, most of the council members seemed to favor of the changes, with the exception of Commissioner William Waldack.
The Comprehensive Plan outlines the long-range goals for the village, such as improvements to the community and future development.
Council members thanked resident and staff involvement, commented on the improved readability of the document and described the business sections of the plan as “a toolkit.”
“We could not have done it without a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Schnell said, adding that the commissioners didn’t always agree and that a lot of compromise involved. It shows that the council is willing to work together and give and take, she said, “because God knows we didn’t all get what we wanted out of it.”
But, in the end, “it’s a good document,” she said.
Waldack felt differently, though. He said he had concerns that major revisions to the plan were mostly subtractions.
“I was very disappointed in some of the things that did come out,” he said.