Regional economic development coordinator Eve O’Leary provided an update for council on efforts to produce a strategic plan for Creighton during its June 13 meeting.
O’Leary told members of Creighton’s town council that creation of the plan, done in conjunction with the Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC), is well underway and is expected to take about six months. O’Leary said the task was started about six weeks before the meeting.
“It’s been going very well. It’s very positive and people have been very excited about it,” said O’Leary to council.
In total, O’Leary and Town of Creighton administrative assistant Cindy Davis have conducted eight strategic planning meetings since April, reaching a total of 121 people throughout the community.
A report presented by O’Leary to council also mentioned that 39 people had taken part in online surveys and in-office surveys for the group.
One more planning event is slated for the coming weeks – the mayor’s breakfast with Bruce Fidler on June 29.
The REDC was scheduled to meet on June 15.
The Town of Creighton is looking for a few good photographers.
Council members carried a motion to hold a photography contest for the area with the REDC.
“I’m here to ask for money,” said O’Leary at the meeting in reference to the contest. Council obliged, supplying $150 and three Town of Creighton hoodies for the contest.
The contest is open to any photographers with photos of Creighton and the surrounding area, with the photos later being used by the Town for marketing and advertising purposes.
“When we looked at how much it would cost to either buy equipment and do it ourselves or hire a photographer to do it over the period of a year, it was going to be a lot of money. This way, the whole community can get involved and we can utilize the photos they supply and build our inventory from there,” said O’Leary.
Three categories of photos will be included in the contest – land and wildlife, people and businesses within Creighton.
Prizes include three $50 gift cards for Creighton businesses and three Town of Creighton hooded sweatshirts, one of each being given to the winners in the three categories.
“It’s open to anyone, but it’s for the surrounding areas of Creighton,” said O’Leary.
Council members approved a measure to provide $10,000 for the town’s sidewalk replacement project.
The money will be devoted specifically for the sidewalk on Creighton Avenue in front of Di’s Confectionary.
Last summer, the sidewalk was torn out by city crews as part of the town’s ongoing water and sewer project to replace pipes underneath.
A building inspector working with the town has created a list of what the town termed “unsightly” properties.
“A lot of them were resolved during the spring cleanup,” said Paula Muench, chief administrative officer for the Town of Creighton.
Muench estimated around 20 properties around the community are considered untidy or unkempt. Property owners on the list had until June 15 to comply.
Town crews will clean delinquent properties, while the owners of those properties will be responsible for the cost of removal.
“Our town crews do it and the charges are placed against their taxes,” she added.