The Oblong Village Board approved application forms for TIFF district funds and discussed upcoming plans and projects Wednesday.
Money is now beginning to accumulate from the downtown TIFF district and Mayor Teresa Fielder and the Ad Hoc committee have been working on a way for downtown businesses to apply for the funds.
During Wednesday's board meeting, Fielder introduced a simple application form outlining the criteria to receive a no more than $3,500 grant. The money is to be used for exterior type repairs or upgrades along Main Street and one block of North and South Range.
Business applicants will need to show reason for the upgrade or repair, have estimates and demonstrate the completion of work before the grant will be awarded.
Fielder said the committee will also be working on ways businesses could apply for TIFF money for other types of upgrades in the future.
The board did approved a $1,000 grant to Carolyn Higgins for when work on buildings she owns at 107-109 S. Range is complete.
In related business, the board heard a report on a bird problem around some downtown businesses.
The problem seems to be sparrows or similar birds nesting in store front facades and making messes on the sidewalk. Several businesses have put up netting and other anti-bird devices, but would also like assistance from the village.
Fielder said the Ad-Hoc committee would look into what the village might be able to do.
It may be half a year away, but plans for the Antique Tractor and Engine Show are underway and the dates of Aug. 10 to 12 have bee approved for use of Oblong Park.
Also, Character Counts will be hosting a 5k fun run April 6 and asked the villages help in coordinating the use of city streets.
The Ad-Hoc committee will begin making their Hometown Pride awards beginning in April. Fielder said she believes the awards will encourage homeowners to cleanup their properties and take pride in the town.
The committee will also be working with the Crawford County Development Association to see what could be done to promote business ideas for the community.
April is budget time for the village and department heads were remind to begin work on their budgets.
It also was mentioned that the trash contract expired in June anyone interest in bidding on the right to village trash collection should contact the mayor's office for details.
With a few weeks of winter still predicted, residents are remind to park off village streets when snowfall is predicted to allow for clearing.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, March 7.