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Terrytown considers support for Carpenter Center: Armstrong is new Ward I councilman
December 12, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Terrytown Mayor Kent Greenwalt (right) administers the oath of office to new Ward I council member Bryan Armstrong before the council’s Dec. 4 meeting.

Members of the Terrytown City Council spent some time during their December meeting to see if they could again offer monthly support for the non-profit Terry and Hazeldean Carpenter Intergenerational Center.

Carpenter Center director Bob Nemnich told the council it’s been a few years since the center was offered support on a monthly basis. And with revenue coming into the city’s keno fund, he asked if support was possible.

“We offer a lot of activities for the community,” Nemnich said. “But we struggle with a budget, just like any non-profit.”
Since Kozy Keno opened last year, the city has been receiving some of the revenue from that gaming. The funds have been earmarked for community betterment projects. In October, council members agreed to commit $5,000 in keno funds to help the Carpenter Center build a new basketball court and picnic shelter.

“When we had more keno revenue coming in, there was a state requirement that we match 25 percent of what they give us to go into the street fund,” said City Treasurer Lonnie Miller. “We used some of those funds for the streets because that’s community betterment as well.”

Council then discussed what would be an acceptable level of support, given that incoming keno funds can fluctuate from month to month.
Miller, sharing the latest keno report, said that $500 a month would probably be the maximum for them to consider. “It’s a tough call,” he said. “If every month was like it was in October, that doesn’t give you much room for other projects.”

Council finally agreed on $250 a month in support for the Carpenter Center, until they get a better handle on keno revenues and determine whether they can offer more support.

Council also received the city’s one and six year street plan. City Engineer Jeff Wolfe said the plan for 2015 is to only do normal maintenance on the streets. That’s because several sections of the streets will need to be dug up as the city rolls out its water project, replacing water mains and hooking up water meters to all residences and businesses.

“I don’t think we’ll do any construction on the water project in 2015,” Wolfe told the council. “That’s due to funding approval delays and that we’ll also have to design how we’re going to replace the water mains.”

Members also elected Chris Perales to serve as council president. Mayor Kent Greenwalt swore in Bryan Armstrong as the new council member in Ward I, all administrative positions were reappointed and the Gering Citizen was named as the city’s legal newspaper for 2015.
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