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Council Of Governments Recommend Grant Money For Road Improvements

Tuesday’s meeting of the Summit County Council of Governments was a short session.     With only one item, the group recommended a series of road-improvement grants for the East Side—a process that was delayed by COVID-19 developments earlier this year.

In budgeting for the grants, two South Summit towns gave a helping hand to a neighbor.

The members of the COG group Tuesday voted on funding, generated by the Transportation Initiative Sales Tax under the Small Cities Grant program.

In April, none of the cities had put in applications, due to the demands of the COVID-19 crisis, so the time for requests was extended two months.

County Public Works Director Derrick Radke reported that applications came from Kamas, Oakley, Francis and Coalville.    Generally the requests were to widen pavement, undertake road repairs, apply chip seal or deal with drainage issues.     Kamas, for instance, wants to cure a safety issue with a section of Grisham Lane that narrows down to 20 feet while crossing a culvert.

However, Radke said the total amount requested by the cities exceeded the amount of funding available.   He said they had to trim about $64,900.

In the end, Coalville and Oakley cut their requests, each by an amount a little under $12,500.      But the Mayors for Kamas and Francis agreed to increase the haircut on their projects, each by $20,000, to help out Oakley’s pavement management plans.   They got a thank-you from Oakley Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme.

The grant recommendations go on to Summit County Council.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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