Cedaredge trustees and staff discussed the town's currently suspended street improvements project at a May 10 work session. If the state's principal grant-making agency, the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), begins handing out money again soon, the town's street improvement project might be revived.
The town began collecting a voter-approved sales tax dedicated to street improvements in 2008. There is now $337,000 in the bank from those tax receipts, reported Mayor Pat Means.
The town's hoped-for $90,000 in annual receipts from the tax have been approved by voters for pledging up to $900,000 in bonds for street rebuilding, Means explained to new town board members.
If DOLA opens its purse strings as some hope it will be able to do, the town wants to leverage that $900,000 with another million or more of grant money from DOLA's energy impact fund account.
Even so, the town has 17 miles of streets, much of which needs to be completely rebuilt from the road base up at an estimated cost five years ago of $1 million per mile.
The town's top priority for street rebuilding is West Main from SH65 to 5th Street. It has been the top priority since 2009, but no work has been completed.
The Cedaredge town board will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 17. Items on the agenda are expected to include a proposal for $4,000 in acoustic improvements to the Centennial Bandstand in Town Park and a policy change that will for the first time allow reservations for the use of Lions Pavilion.blog comments powered by Disqus