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Deshler council mulls strategic plan

The idea behind a strategic implementation plan developed by JEO Consulting, Inc., for the City of Deshler is to hand future city council members and mayors a road map, Deshler Mayor Julie Deepe said. 

The council met Jan. 7, and heard from JEO about the visionary plan that addressed years in increments, beginning with the short-term in three years; mid-term, four to eight years; long-term, eight to 10 years; and ongoing priorities. 

The plan noted multiple timeframes may be implemented for priorities. 

For example, studies may be needed in the short term to secure funding for long term goals. 

The needs of Deshler, such as infrastructure, the physical condition of the downtown area, conditional and supply of housing, a community/fitness center and sidewalks were divided into tiers of importance. 

“Those are things we’re not going to take care of in one or two years, and we’ll probably always be fighting nuisance properties and looking for new housing,” Deepe said. 

The current council wants to see growth in Deshler to keep the community vibrant.

“Small communities with enough amenities can be a draw for potential residents,” Deepe said.  

Repairing and maintaining infrastructure remains a priority to the current council to sustain any future growth. 

“It’s a continual process,” she added.

In other business, property owner Frank Callaway was granted a permit to build a fence on one of his properties that was up for a nuisance property on the council’s agenda. Meanwhile, the Joyce Clauson and Randy Klein properties were tabled. Brian and Sheila Swearingen’s property at 730 E. Hebron Ave., was formally declared a nuisance.

On another matter, the Deshler pool committee is looking into establishing a fund with the Nebraska Community Foundation through the Deshler Community Foundation. 

“We’re currently fundraising and doing research with companies,” Deepe said. “There are large companies that have grants.” 

The committee is following a blueprint plan for a new pool and its amenities. 

“From the get-go, I said I don’t want a bond. I don’t think it would pass and it just falls on the individuals that live within the city limits,” Deepe said. “My preference and the pool committee’s preference would be to raise money through grants, fundraising and private donations.” 

The committee is working with Burbach Aquatics on the new pool. 

The council also solved its recycling dilemma. Deshler resident, Karen Fegter, approached the council and offered to serve the recycling center.