Two downtown Cape Girardeau advocates soon will work together to provide enhanced services for the area. The Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District’s board of directors met Tuesday and approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Old Town Cape for management and direct services. Goals are to focus on beautification and other downtown needs, but it was determined an outside entity was needed. A request for qualifications seeking entities interested in the district’s five-year plan was issued in April. Board chairman and co-president of Rust Communications Jon Rust says Old Town Cape’s response was identified as the strongest, citing institutional knowledge and familiarity with the district as two of its biggest strengths. Board members held meetings determining contract details. A total of $25,500 will be paid to Old Town Cape in installments on a quarterly basis beginning Aug. 1. Of that, $15,750 is designated for management fees and $9,750 for direct services and planning fees. The community improvement district expects a half-cent sales tax levied within its boundaries to generate about $175,000 a year for the district. Half the funds to be dedicated to services promoting cleanliness and attractiveness in the district, 20 percent goes toward safety measures, 20 percent to promoting vibrancy and 10 percent for professional needs, such as legal requirements and financial reporting. Old Town Cape Diretor Marla Mills says it fits well with what they already do. The timeline for administering services tentatively has been set for Sept. 1.