Published On: Thu, Jul 13th, 2017

Local residents are inspired to get involved

RANDOLPH —  The Sustainable Strategies Workshop and the Randolph Area Foundation presentation, that were held in Randolph earlier this year, have inspired local residents to become more involved with economic development and to get involved with making improvements in the community.
A group of people talked to council members about providing some incentives that could be used to promote Vision Point, a housing subdivision located east of the Golf Course in Randolph as well as other locations in Randolph.
Local residents who had invested in the Randolph community in an attempt to make housing possible had attended the Sustainable Strategies Workshop held in Randolph during April.
A recent report from the Workshop had made an impact on several people.
The report said to make new homebuilders an offer they can’t refuse when deciding on the location to build according to Peggy Leiting.
“Randolph cannot grow unless we have some new home owners. Some incentives could be used to encourage new home builders in Randolph. We would like to explore some options to encourage home builders,” she said. “The need is larger than just Vision Point and can be something others could also use.”
Community Developer Gary Van Meter had done some research on what other communities are doing for new home incentives. He shared the list with the committee and council members.
Only 50 percent of Randolph is eligible for the TIF tax incentives, according to Van Meter.
“These new home building incentives would help level the playing field for new homes in the rest of the community,” Van Meter  said.
Some sort of a discount could be offered to help get things going but there would have to be a time limit on the discount, said  Paul Leiting.
Josh Rayford, who sits on the Planning Commission, was in favor of the request.
“This is a great idea – to do something extra that would encourage people to build anywhere in Randolph, not just in the TIF designated areas,” Rayford said.
Mayor Dwayne Schutt and council members will consider the request.
“We would be willing to sit down and talk about doing something. We will meet with the Planning Commission and look into this,” Schutt said. “It can be discussed at the next meeting.”
Larry Janssen and Sandy Owens talked to board members about improvements at the city auditorium with the help of local fundraising projects.
The priorities are remodeling the bathrooms and making improvements in the acoustics in the auditorium.
Twelve feet of carpet will be put on the walls. Ceilings will be lowered and new ceiling fans and LED lighting will be installed. Future plans include a 24×94 foot addition to the side of the building.
“Nothing is in stone at this point. We can still tweak it and make some changes,” Janssen said. “Hopefully this will save on the heating and cooling cost for the auditorium.”
Improvements at the auditorium will be made in stages.
Community fundraisers will be used to raise the funds for the renovation of the City Auditorium. The goal is to raise $50,000.
Everything will be funneled through the Randolph Community Foundation and be tax deductible for families and businesses that donate.
City council members and Mayor Dwayne Schutt had previously been challenged to provide a match of $50,000 for the project.
Owens asked if the city was willing to provide the funds for the match.
“We don’t want to move ahead with fund raisers until the city makes some kind of a commitment,” she said.
A budget hearing is coming up and the amount would be added into the budget according to Schutt.