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Sidewalk problems

Published 1:56pm Thursday, June 20, 2013

Council considers grant to spruce up downtown

Dadeville might have a chance at some financial help to repair sidewalks after a called meeting Monday.

Josh Pierce of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood sent the city a hypothetical breakdown of the matching funds requirement for the city if it applied for an available Transportation Alternatives Program grant through the Alabama Department of Transportation.

District 1 Councilman Mickey Tarpley presented information to the council regarding applying for the funds, including working with Pierce to assess the work that needs to be done.

Tarpley said the council would be no worse off for at least trying to get the grant.

“If we can’t get the money, we can still fix the sidewalks,” Tarpley said. “If we’re going to spend $20,000 (for example) fixing sidewalks, and we can get $80,000, this is what we ought to try to do. We’re still going to spend the $20,000, we’re just going to show $100,000 worth of repair work.”

The council discussed whether applying for the grant would interfere with a previous grant for which the city has already applied and how much it would cost the city just to have Pierce assess the work that would need to be done prior to applying for the grant.

“We need to make sure it doesn’t (interfere with the project on Lafayette Street) because that project has been on the burners for three years now,” said city attorney Robin Reynolds.

The council voted unanimously to proceed with whatever next steps are necessary to move toward applying for the grant.

“I think we ought to try to get whatever we can,” Tarpley said. “I would think we would want to get him in here and just look at starting with the sidewalks.”