Schuyler City Council voted last week to apply for historic tax credits for the downtown improvement project.

JEO Consulting Group, which is working with the city on the project that starts with a focus on repairing downtown streets, recommended Schuyler Economic Development coordinator Jackie Farrell apply for the tax credits “sooner rather than later."

“The tax credits may not be available next year,” Farrell said. “But if we apply for this now, and are approved, then we have up to 24 months to be able to start the repair project of the (former) Lincoln Highway. This will allow us up to $190,000 to repair the streets and bricks.”

The application is due Dec. 31.

The council also authorized Schuyler Community Schools to build a new parking lot along Adam Street to create better traffic flow near the high school. A parking lot will also be built along Fourth Street.

“This design will work so much better for them to have some of their driveway going to the south on city-owned driveways,” City Attorney Dick Seckman said. “We realized the greenhouse and nursery area that the school has been maintaining for 20-some years is also in the city right of way.”

After the change is approved by the school district, it will be in charge of maintaining the driveway and parking lots.

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