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GOING FOR GRANTS 11-20-13 LMS

City Grants/Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise has received City Council approval to make application for two grants that are available.

The first, if awarded, would take care of the street issues on a portion of VanDreff between Church and Daisy streets adjacent to the Steele Memorial Medical Center. Cerise said the surface is so rough it makes rolling transport units across the street very uncomfortable for attendants as well as patients. She explained it is not just a matter of the street’s surface but has to do with a deteriorated road base which needs to be reconstructed. Estimated cost of the construction is approximately $125,000.

The Local High Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) offers a Rural Highway Improvement Program that has a maximum $100,000 funding opportunity. If awarded that would leave $25,000 for the city to pay plus a 7.34 percent match to the grant which would amount to $7,340. That boils down to a total city cost of $32,340 instead of the estimated $125,000.

Council President Jim Baker said it sounded like a good way to leverage city funds and he made a motion giving Cerise permission to proceed with the application. The only ‘no’ vote was from Councilman Kluesner who said it is the same old ‘extra costs’ story.

Cerise said the city’s Community Choices for Idaho grant application submitted last year was rejected even though the city ranked very high in the potential award. She found out there were over 64 applications and only six or seven were funded. If Salmon had been one of the six or seven, the money would have been used to replace Main Street sidewalks including segments where safety issues have been identified. Cerise said the city has recently been asked to re-apply and she would like to go forward with an application.

Cerise said that this time the application will cite replacement of only high priority portions of the primary sidewalks and the budget will be re-worked to reflect the lower amount of funding. The Community Choices grant requires a 7.34 percent match from the city.

Cerise said all the sidewalk information needed has already been gathered, the budget will be lower than before and the safety issues will be resolved.

A motion to submit a grant application for the high priority segments of downtown sidewalks was passed with one ‘no’ vote from Kluesner and a vote abstention from Councilman Jesse Bender.


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