What impact is addressing issues associated with the COVID 19 pandemic having on momentum within the community aimed at revitalizing Yankton’s Meridian District and the overall economic landscape?
Mayor Nathan Johnson says city employees are spending a great amount of time and effort working on paperwork for relief funding from both last year’s flooding and the current coronavirus outbreak which takes away from the time they can devote to other projects.
Johnson says concerns about future sales tax receipts are an ongoing issue.
Johnson says while the city has been a partner in efforts to revitalize the Meridian District, much of that momentum has come from downtown property owners.
Johnson says, due to concerns about having the revenues to pay for the program, the downtown façade grant program has been suspended for this year.