The federally funded grant provides $842,630 for the $1,053,000 project. The city will fund the other 20 percent of the project. The project will begin in summer 2015.
The Phase 7 “connector phase” of the trail along Route 16 west of the Kaskaskia River bridge into town is currently being completed.
Phase 9 involves the Blyman Addition road north to East Ninth Street and is included in the Ninth Street project this summer.
Phase 8 will involve a lot of work on North Morgan Street to widen the street to accommodate both a bike path and parking, according to Yockey.
“The benefits will be the replacement of sidewalks on both sides along the route, road surface improvements, fix the storm drainage problems, and sets us up for future grants for streetscape,” Spesard said. “But it’s one of those project that will cause a lot of disruption to people along Morgan.”
Shoaff asked if trees that would need to be taken out along the city boulevard could be replaced with ornamental trees. Spesard said this could be possible.
“The grant was written without a lot of details, so we can do a lot of things,” Spesard said.
Yockey said the next step would be to get agreements together and let for bids.
Both Yockey and Spesard expressed thanks to State Senator Chapin Rose, State Representative Adam Brown, and U.S. Representative John Shimkus for their letters of support for the project.
In other business, Shoaff reported that one permit was granted from the EPA and the city is waiting on a second permit to remove a water line from a sewer line on South Third and South Fifth streets.
“We will need to hire a contractor for the boring. The city workers can do the other work,” Shoaff said. “This is something we just got to do.”
The council gave the nod for Police Chief David Tallman to sell a confiscated vehicle. The city had taken ownership of the vehicle.