- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) - The city of Tecumseh is using a $5 million community development grant from the state to renovate and preserve its town square.

In 2010, the city applied for funding to upgrade the utilities and infrastructure in the downtown area near the Johnson County Courthouse. But it had to demonstrate that it’s a “leadership community” before the Nebraska Department of Economic Development would award the grant, Mayor William Montz Sr. said.

Tecumseh was asked to formulate an implementation plan, engage with local businesses and assess the needs of the downtown area, Montz told the Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1H4vAi1 ).

“The Chamber of Commerce and other city officials took the bull by the horns and did everything that was asked of us and much more,” he said.

The grant, which was approved shortly after an inspection by the department, will be used to repair and replace failing infrastructures, and then to improve streetscaping, wayfinding and facades, according to Montz.



“We want people to see the town and think they are back in Tecumseh during the 1900s,” he said. “We want to give it an antique look but with modern appliances.”

The city plans to use another grant to lift all the brick in the town square, lay a concrete street and put the brick back on top of it. It also wants to replace lighting fixtures to make them look antique, Montz said, and eventually redo buildings’ facades and roofs, streets, crosswalks and green spaces.

“This is very important to us. Renovating our town will bring more people to Tecumseh and let them know we are alive and well,” he said.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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