The Scottsbluff City Council Tuesday evening approved two LB840 economic development agreements.
The first one was in the form of two loans totaling $40,000 to Gardner Technologies, LLC, a telecommunications business providing low voltage phone and telecommunications installation and repair, and PC repair and support. The two loans will provide operating capital for the business.
The second is a $500,000 loan to Western Farms, LLC for construction and expansion of their hemp seed production greenhouse, as well as working capital for construction and expansion to enter the market for hemp seed production and sales.
In other action, the Council also approved an agreement with former city manager Rick Kuckkahn to act as interim city manager as Scottsbluff searches for a permanent replacement for city manager Nathan Johnson, who is leaving the post March 2nd to take a similar position in Dillon, Colorado. Under the contract, Kuckkahn will start February 18th and serve as interim city manager until June 1st. A request for proposals for the hiring of a professional search firm to find a permanent replacement for Johnson was also approved.
Consideration of moving forward with siting a regional landfill that was on the agenda was tabled until the next meeting.