Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar said that she recently went to a state Main Street meeting and that the state directors are “cracking down” on programs across the state that they don’t feel meet often enough.
“They don’t want (the programs) to lose their focus,” Sholar said.
Although the Cadiz board currently meets quarterly, Sholar said they would have to start meeting at least every other month. She said that some programs were known to meet as little as twice a year, so Cadiz is in better shape. Their next meeting will be sometime in April.
Sholar also expressed her disappointment that Main Street programs across the state would suffer from a lack of funding over the next few years. She said that the programs would remain in place because there was still enough money set aside for the next biennium for workers’ salaries, but that Main Street grants had been cut from the state budget. She said that these grants are the source of funding for all Main Street projects.
During the meeting, Sholar discussed the future use of kiosks that were recently built by the Cadiz Public Works Department. She said that two had already been built and that there would soon be two more. One of the kiosks that has already been built is four by eight feet wide, but Sholar decided it was larger than needed, the other one was built as four by four feet, and so will the remaining two. She said that she wanted to rent the kiosks to vendors to use on sidewalks downtown. She said she would prefer to rent them by the month, rather than by the week, and that this would probably cost vendors between 75 and 100 dollars.
Sholar said she had the idea for the kiosks recently when someone had asked about setting up something downtown like a hot dog cart. She said she would like to see someone selling merchandise such as purses or jewelry, or perhaps snow cones in the summer.
“As long as it’s not yard sale stuff, I’m fine with it,” she said.
Board member Mitzi Noel asked if she knew of any other cities that had done anything similar. Sholar said she didn’t know of any, so they hadn’t been any help in getting plans together. They did, however, express some interest in what she was attempting.
“I’ve sent them e-mails and everyone wants to see the plans,” she said.
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