Next phase in North Platte growth approved by City Council

The North Platte City Council voted on a title change for the position of Health Inspector, and a blighted and substandard study for the west side of town. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The North Platte City Council met for a short meeting Tuesday, voting on a title change for the position of Health Inspector, and a blighted and substandard study for the west side of town.

A blighted and substandard study was agreed upon by a 6-0 vote in an area of over 80 acres, mostly west of Lakeview between West Phillip and A streets. North Platte housing construction firm, Wilk Builders Inc requested the study so building projects in the area would be eligible for TIF funding.

The study area mostly includes open land west of Lakeview but also includes 24 existing homes 40 years old or older along the northern part of Sugarberry Road before it curves south. The age of the homes is a necessary qualifier in making the area TIF-eligible.

Second, an item long in need of change according to the City Council was the title of Health Inspector, changing the title to Building Inspector to better reflect the duties of the job.

The City Council voted to update city codes to transfer duties to the city's Building Inspector and Development Department.

Concerning any "health or environmental issues" the Building Inspector is not certified to address would be referred to the West Central District Health Department. The council voted on April 7th to assign its authority to enforce health regulations to WCDHD under a one-year renewable agreement.