Buffalo County Votes in Favor of Public Funding for Archway
Tuesday morning the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 in favor of public funding for the Great Platte River Road Archway. Over the next three years the county will pay $225,000 to the Archway.
It was standing room only at the meeting, with more than 50 people in attendance. Arguments from people on both sides of the issue were heard for more than 90 minutes.
Those in support of the funding argued that without it the Archway would close and demolition would cost $5 million. People against asked 'why should the county fund a project that only benefits one city and not the entire county?'
Archway chairman Joel Johnson and Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse are happy with the result.
"We think that it is very important, not just to Kearney, but our whole area and for the state of Nebraska. It has become the symbol of Nebraska," said Johnson.
"We have three years to pull this together to make this work we work well with the county and I think we'll continue to work well with the county. We'll put a good business plan together and we'll move forward," said Clouse.
In recent weeks the city of Kearney and the Kearney Visitors Bureau approved funding for the Archway as well.