Clint Fichter

By Laura Bacon/NT Staff Writer

Clint Fichter at an earlier Exira City Council meeting.

EXIRA — The Exira City Council is planning ahead. With potential commercial growth and a focus on housing, the council has been looking at the steps in putting together an Urban Renewal Plan, and learning more about tax increment financing (TIF).

Consultant Clint Fichter discussed TIF funds and the council heard an update on abandoned properties in the community, during a special meeting recently.

Fichter said he talked about how Urban Renewal and tax increment financing are associated, with towns using the tools to grow and redevelop.

An Urban Renewal Plan could be the right tool for a community to help with potential commercial development in the future, along with some housing programs that the city is looking at.

“They are looking at getting rid of some junk houses,” he said.

Fichter told the council that an authorization of necessity would be the next step, and that it could spell out the need for an Urban Renewal Plan, and help the city proceed with plans and hearings needed.

City Clerk Lexi Christensen said the city was just in the early stages of working on an urban renewal plan.

In other business, the city approved the final payment of $92,896.62 for contractor McCarthy Trenching; approved a resolution allowing the fire department to use $25,000 for a building beautification project and talked about plans to set a public hearing for Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. on the adoption of the Codification of Ordinances for the city.