YUTAN – On Tuesday, the Yutan City Council agreed to begin advertising for pre-applications for a new housing rehabilitation program.

    This housing rehabilitation program uses funds provided by grants to rehabilitate homes within communities in Saunders County.

    This program is a county-wide effort in receiving funds for rehabilitating occupied buildings in need of updates to their heating, plumbing, foundations and other necessities.

    Council member Johanna Peterson said she would begin reaching out to those who submitted pre-applications for a housing program grant the city applied for last year to see if they would once again be interested.

    In other business, the council approved a specially designated liquor license for the Chieftain Community Club for Yutan Days on June 21, 22 and 23 from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

    The council held off on making a decision concerning the vacancy in the city’s Building Inspector position.

    With no current options yet in place to fill the position’s vacancy, council president Jim McLaughlin suggested keeping former Building Inspector Eric Wilke on as a part-time utilities employee until the council is able to fill the position.

    “Keep him as an emergency 9-1-1,” council member Matt Thompson said.

    No action was taken.

    The council also discussed possibly replacing the sidewalk in front of the antique shops on Vine Street.

    While the council agreed the sidewalk was in clear need of renewal, it was not certain if action should be taken at this time.

    “We don’t know if the building is going to be torn down or not,” Mayor Darin Egr said.

    With the future of the building uncertain, the council decided no action concerning the sidewalk was yet necessary.

    The next city council meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m.

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