I hope everyone enjoyed the great weather we had last week. Seven straight days in the sixties in February is definitely something to talk about. Each day we get a little closer to spring. As I am sure everybody has seen, the Pit came down last week. A part of Cuba City history came down with that also. The Pit was a place for basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and if you are old enough to remember Teen Hops. Several local bands played there almost every Saturday night. From Gary Droessler’s band to the Dietzels, there were a lot of memories that will never be forgotten. The girls would dance the fast songs and the boys would stand along the side until there was a slow song played, then the guys would search for their favorite girl. I am sure everyone has one great memory of the Pit to remember. The shop next to the Pit will also come down in late March or early April. Another city building, the old community building behind the greenhouse will also come down in early March. Once the lots are cleaned up, we hope to see some construction on those sites.
With Ag Tech and Blackbourn Components filling the empty buildings in the Business Park, we hope to see future businesses build on the vacant lots that are available. Food Safety Group is in the planning stages of a major addition to house their expanding business. Their hopes are to break ground this spring. A big “thank you” to the City, the Economic Development Committee, to Bob Jones for leading economic development, and all of our past city officials for their part in making this growth possible.
Cuba City is in need of new housing developments. With the addition of new workers from Ag Tech and Blackbourn, we need places for them to live. Our community is growing and we need to address the housing shortage immediately. The lot where the Pit was will soon be available for new construction. Having a housing shortage is a problem many communities would like to have.
The Public Works department has chosen the streets that either will get reconstruction or new ultra-thin blacktop this year. DPW George Morrissey and the Public Works Committee have made great strides to get our streets in tip-top shape. There will be some streets that will not be done that should be this year, but they need a major reconstruction with water and sewer upgrades. Hopefully we can address these streets next year. The repaving on the chosen streets will be completed before the 4th of July, weather permitting. The advertisement for bids will be going out soon and will be awarded after our April Council Meeting.
The April election will be giving us a couple of very important choices in regards to our schools. Please study the two proposals and vote your choice on April 4th. Schools are so important to a community.
As I mentioned last month, the city has been nominated for 2 awards for our downtown revitalization project. We will hopefully be announcing the results soon. The businesses that took part in the façade grants or loan program have added close to $400,000 in improvements to our downtown. I want to thank each business for their investment in making the Cuba City downtown look great and inviting to people passing through our community. So many groups and individuals have made this happen. There will be 4 other businesses taking advantage of this in the spring. The funds for the grants has all been used, but the loan program will be available for a little longer.
When you have time, please take a drive around town to see everything that has been happening. Look at the Business Park, the downtown changes up close, the street improvements, the new homes and condos being built, and how well properties in the city are kept up. Sometimes we don’t see the changes because we are so close to them. We have had many others from outside the community tell us their impressions and they are all great. Everyone in Cuba City has made these improvements happen and I thank you for your part. We are so lucky to have great City employees, great committees and commissions, and a dedicated Council that work together so great. They are representing their wards so well.