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January 24, 2014

City looking for Safe Routes to School grant

The Shelbyville City Council approved a resolution of support during its regular meeting Monday evening for a state grant to provide students a safe route to school on the north side of town.

The Safe Routes to School program by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) encourages students to bike and walk to school by making sidewalks and bike paths to safely do so. Grants are project funding up to $200,000.

“Currently IDOT is soliciting projects,” city engineer Alan Spesard told the council. “The grant funding is 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local.”

After meeting with Shelbyville schools superintendent Denise Bence, Spesard proposed installing and improving sidewalks from east of the railroad crossing on Ninth Street west to Will, south to North Sixth Street and west toward the Moulton Middle School campus. Estimated cost for the project is $189,504.

“This proposed route will connect to the submitted sidewalk improvements located along North Morgan Street from First Street north to Sixth Street,” Spesard said. “It would also tie into the East Ninth Street improvement project.”

The council also approved a resolution of support for the new Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program for State and Local Governments, which is a new capital bill.

The council approved a grant application from Coles County Regional Planning and Development to create a Shelby County Hazards Mitigation Plan

The plan would help to apply for federal funds in a disaster situation.

“This was pushed by FEMA for the past several years,” said Shelbyville Police Chief David Tallman, “If Jared Rowcliffe (Shelby County EMA administrator) recommends this, we should seriously consider it. Jared is very knowledgeable. I would put my trust in him.”

“It wouldn’t hurt us in case of an emergency,” said commissioner Thom Schafer. “It would improve our chances for FEMA funding it.”

In other business, the council heard the report on the annual audit presented by Mose Yockey Brown and Kull accountant Hope Brown. Brown reported that the city had no findings and that everything was in compliance.

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