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      Kearney's Capital Improvement Projects Still Progressing

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      The city of Kearney is undergoing major capital improvement projects. And while this winter weather may slow down some of the progress, city officials are calling 2013 a year of completions.

      Kearney City Manager Michael Morgan says that Kearney is on an up-hill slope in terms of growth and business opportunities. Making the capital improvements projects a must, including the infamous Second Avenue project and the I-80 interchange at Cherry Avenue.

      When looking at this coming year, Morgan says citizens should be happy because most of the projects should be completed by the end of this year. And Morgan adds since the city is growing so fast, managing that growth will be essential.

      "I think 2013 completion of a lot of street improvements -- of course Cherry avenue being the big one -- but also just about evaluating growth, and that's going to be a challenge since Kearney is growing," said Morgan.

      And one interesting finding is that the number of single family permits skyrocketed from 67 in 2011 to 107 in 2012. Meanwhile the property tax rate has held steady at .14 percent, making Kearney a more business friendly-environment.

      "HyVee of course will start construction early spring, other opportunities large hotel there as well... expect to see some other opportunities later this year," said Morgan.

      With all this adding to the growth of Kearney, 2013 looks to be a year of completion if everything goes as planned.

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