CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council is officially in new hands, following the special meeting April 27 where newly elected council members Larry Hinck and Dawn Sitz, and newly elected mayor, Michael Fulton, were sworn in to office.
After the new council members were sworn in, John Ryan was selected as council president. Lee Curtis nominated Ryan due to “John’s experience and his organizational skills.” The council was then briefed on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the called purpose for the special meeting, and resumed planning for the grant application.
Patrick Cox, BG Consultants, called for the special meeting to further discuss the grant and just how the council wished to spend the money, should it be awarded to them. Last week’s meeting contained estimates of the projects, while this meeting was used to fine-tune figures “to make it a successful project,” Cox said.
In order to receive the $350,000 maximum amount from the grant, the city must make a 10 percent match, for a total of $385,000. The total projected cost of the development, as estimated by Cox, was just over $384,600.
The projected cost includes ADA approved sidewalks on the south side of Main Street from Third to Fourth streets, on the west side of Fourth Street from Main to Wells streets, on the south side of Wells Street from Third Street to the school, and throughout City Park. Other improvements at City Park include a concrete parking lot, a shelter house for the park, an ADA compliant bathroom for the park, including utilities, lighting for the existing parking lot and other improvements.
“Hopefully we will be successful and make some improvements to the community,” said Ryan.
Cox said there was potential for another sidewalk or two around town, if the bids for the project come in low. Cox told the council he will complete a preliminary engineering report, based off of his estimates, and instructed them to select an engineer for the project. Cox will be an applicant for the position.