Improving the appearance of Lamesa, in hopes of encouraging more business activity, continues to be one of the goals of local economic development leaders.
Directors of the Lamesa Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and Lamesa Economic Alliance Project (LEAP) increased funding for that effort while approving tentative budgets for the coming year during a joint meeting Monday evening.
Board members agreed to increase funding for the facade improvement program from a total of $35,000 in the current budgets to $50,000 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year which begins Oct. 1
That program has proven both popular and successful, board members noted.
The boards also agreed to set aside $50,000 to be used to assist in demolition of dilapidated buildings.
Scott Leonard, president of both LEDC and LEAP, said demolition of such buildings is something that board members have previously discussed as a means to improve the city’s appearance.
Although no program has yet been established for such an effort, Leonard said he would like to see attention focused on the downtown area and along the main highway routes through Lamesa.
Board members approved proposed budgets for both LEDC and LEAP after more than an hour of discussion.