Juniata CRA moves forward despite resignations

JUNIATA — Two of the five members of the Juniata Community Redevelopment Authority resigned Thursday night as the board attempts to forge its new community redevelopment plan.

In February 2013, the Juniata Village Board approved a resolution to declare the entire village blighted, so it could qualify for tax increment financing funds and subsequent redevelopment projects under the Nebraska Community Development Law.

In May, local CRA members questioned the lack of work being performed on the redevelopment plan by their attorney Mike Bacon, also the city attorney of Gothenburg.

At Thursday’s meeting, board members Jim Schuyler and Grant Conklin resigned, leaving a narrow quorum of three members, chairman Mike Mead and board members Dennis Stark and Kay Brown.

“We need to come up with two more people,” Mead said to open the Thursday meeting.

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