Bloomington Council To Consider Funding For Rt. 66 Visitors Center | WGLT

Bloomington Council To Consider Funding For Rt. 66 Visitors Center

Jul 10, 2016

The McLean County Museum of History houses the Route 66 Visitor's Center.
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Bloomington Aldermen will consider spending an additional $25 thousand this year to help with operational costs for the Route 66 Visitors Center at the entrance of the McLean County Museum of History.

A report by city staff states that the center saw almost 18 thousand visitors over the last year, including people from 32 countries and 45 states. If approved, the funding will be used for overhead, staffing and marketing costs.

During a work session prior to the regular meeting, City Manager David Hales will present a draft five year capital improvement plan. Bloomington has $60 million secured for the $337 million plan, which includes includes large-scale projects for streets, sidewalks, water, parks and facilities. Once a final draft is presented and approved, the plan would last through fiscal year 2021. 

The council will also hear about eight properties owned by the city that are no longer needed or are no longer in use. The properties could be sold to add money to the city's General Fund.