Stellar Communities Plans Progress As Awareness Increases

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Culver’s Stellar Communities plans are moving along as the deadline for Phase II of the application draws near.

The Town’s Steering Committee for the project has received a $1-thousand grant to hold a kick-off event prior to a visit by state officials. Administration with the Town tentatively believes they will host a community walk before the Taste of Culver event in June to pass out information about the project proposals.

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist says previous meetings with the state indicated that their budget must be feasible, and there have been a few changes to accommodate that.

“What I’ve done and proposed on here now is a lowering of the beach lodge renovation to a $600-thousand budget and moving some of that money to the Cavaliers Park project and community garden,” says Leist.

Stellar Communities is a program run through the state that provides planning aid for community projects and identifies applicable grants.

Culver is one of three communities with a population under 6-thousand in the state to be named a finalist. Now the state is expecting the finalists to refine their plans prior to the announcement of a Stellar Communities winner.

State officials will visit Culver on July 21st for a tour and meeting with local officials. Leist says the group of those in attendance continues to grow.

“Tentative plans there: we’re working on a presentation,” says Leist. “The group will be here from 9:00 a.m. until Noon and anywhere from 18 to 25 representatives of various state agencies.”

A Facebook page has been created for community members to stay up-to-date with the progress.

Culver may also develop a video to show state officials during their visit. That’s something many of the past finalists have been able to complete.