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GI City Council holds off vote on Veterans Home contest

Posted: 08/21/13 09:09

The Grand Island City Council won't vote until next week on its contribution to a legal fund aimed at keeping a Nebraska veterans home in Grand Island.
Mayor Jay Vavricek said that he wants the council to discuss the matter but not vote at last nights study session because issues and amounts have changed.
City council members sported orange at the meeting to show their support of the fight to keep the Veterans Home in Grand Island. After much decision in support of putting $5,000 into a fund to retain legal advice on the vets home decision, council decided to vote on the issue next week. The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce initially asked Hall County and the city of Grand Island to contribute $10,000 each, with an additional $5,000 each to come from the chamber and the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp. The $30,000 fund was to be used in determining whether Grand Island could challenge the state decision to build a veterans home in Kearney instead of a replacement facility in Grand Island.