Photo by Barbie Porter
The Vergas EDA  learned a local downtown business paid for the meal served to guests who attended its annual meeting.

By Barbie Porter


The Vergas Economic Authority learned a donation of a downtown business will cover the food served at the group’s annual meeting, which drew more than 40 people. 

Vergas City Clerk Julie Lammers informed the EDA that Billy’s Corner Bar and Grill picked up the tab for the food served at their establishment for the EDA’s annual meeting. In years past, the EDA has paid for and provided a chicken dinner to all guests that attend the meeting. With the most recent EDA expense paid, the annual meeting held this past spring cost the group only $55. 

The EDA had a beginning balance for 2021 of $1,370. With the annual $7,000 allotment from the city council and the $55 expense subtracted, the balance sits at $8,315.

The EDA also has funds in a savings account with West Central Initiative  (WCI) that totals $15,313. Lammers explained the WCI account was created through a donation of land. A parcel located in the Bennett addition was gifted to the EDA. The lot was sold and the EDA placed the money from the purchase in a savings account with WCI until a future project calls for the funds to be used.

Available residential 

and commercial 

lots discussed

The EDA also reviewed available lots for residential and commercial development in the city limits. 

After looking at the city map, the group estimated there were 15 residential lots available. The EDA suggested contacting those selling the lots to see if there was anything the EDA can do to increase the chances of a sale and aid in development.

On the commercial side of the spectrum, there were no identified vacancies. The former supermarket building has been purchased. Plans are in the works for the prime real estate located on the corner of Main Street and  Second Avenue. Details and are set to be made public in coming weeks.

Contributed document
The EDA reviewed a city zoning map. The dark gray shows the residential sections. The light gray is the downtown commercial district. The black is zoned light industrial and the medium gray is an open district.