Pulaski County, communities receive more than $800,000 in Community Crossings funding
Local municipalities and county officials were recently awarded for their efficient work as they applied for state grant funding in a few months time.
Pulaski County officials recently spent time learning how to grade roads and completed a Community Crossing 50/50 matching grant application. In return, Pulaski County ($482,140.57), Francesville ($85,374.80), Medaryville ($100,000), Star City ($23,523), and Winamac ($146,199.75) will receive a total of $837,238.12. Kewanna is also receiving $57,713.70.
Winamac officials have already constructed plans to spend the Community Crossroads funding of $146,199.75 for a total $292,399.50 on a project that will include repaving, repairing and sealing more than 25 streets. There will also be 42 sidewalk ramps that will be upgraded to be Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant.
The 50-percent match by the town comes from the extra Local Option Income Tax funding the town has already received.
Because the town already has quotes for the roads, the work can be done this year. Most towns and communities will not see work done until next year because the contractors will be doing more work.
Along with road repaving and repairs, the town is paving George Street on the southwest end of town. The street is being widened and a base has been set.
Other towns such as Francesville will be using the money for smaller projects. Francesville Clerk-Treasurer Linda Bennett said the grant will be used to repave Gordon Street, and Yellow Street from Bill Street to Morton Street.
The town would also like to address the intersection of Bill and Lyman streets. Bennett said the town is thinking about using concrete at that intersection because of the semi traffic flow that does major damage to asphalt.
Town funding that matches the grant will come from the regular budget, according to Bennett. The town anticipates work to begin this fall.
Monterey did not apply for the grant this year, but is looking at next year when additional funds can be appropriated to street projects.