Downtown Antigo business and building owners will have some money available to them to help improve how they look to the public. The Antigo City Council unanimously approved a faade grant program during their May meeting Wednesday evening.
The program, which will be overseen by the city's Economic Development Committee, will have an initial $20,000 made available, through TIF 4 funds, for building owners to apply for up to $3,000 grants. The grants work as such that for every three dollars spent by building owners for improving their exterior looks they can get one-dollar in grant money.
The intent of the program is to improve the overall look of downtown Antigo to bring in more people and businesses to this area of the city. Applications can be found on the citys website.
Other actions the council took during their meeting included approving a renting of the Edison Club building for a ZUMBA class, approved a request to waive insurance requirements for an event being put on by the Raptor Education Group Inc. at the Antigo City Hall, and approved several dozen license requests, most being renewals.
The majority of the meeting was spent by the council hearing two presentations. One was by Michelle Arrowood regarding AVAIL services provided to the area in 2010. The other was by Antigo Fire Department Chief Jon Petroskey who gave an overview of their 2010 activities.
Petroskey said their EMS calls were down about nine-percent compared to 2009. "In 2010 we'd seen a decrease in our response call numbers, which was somewhat similar throughout the area. I'm not sure if the economy had something to do with that, or people losing health insurance. I really don't know the need for it, but there was somewhat of a decrease."
He added that calls in 2011 are on pace to meet or surpass 2009 levels, which was the busiest year on record for the department.