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The Paris City Council has authorized the City of Paris to apply for yet another sidewalk grant under the Texas Capital Fund Main Street Improvement Program.
The city proposes to replace broken sidewalk on:
“The grant amount is for a maximum amount of $150,000,” Community Development Director Shawn Napier told the council in its meeting last week.
The grant requires a minimum 10 percent match, but as the city discovered when it applied for a sidewalk grant last year, applying for just a 10 percent match doesn’t work well, because extra points are given to applications with a bigger local match.
“What we’ve done is apply for a 30 percent match, which has given us a greater opportunity to get those grants. We feel we are very caqpable of getting this grant this time around,” Napier said.
On a motion by District 5 City Councilman Matt Frierson, the council unanimously approved applying for the $150,000 grant, pledging a 30 percent match of $45,000 that has already been included in the 2013-2014 budget.
The Texas Department of Transportation recently completed a project that replaced more than 400 curb ramps downtown and elsewhere in the city.
Napier said the city, using city funds, went ahead and completed the sidewalk replacement that was the subject of last year’s rejected sidewalk grant request.
As a result, the city now has new sidewalks along both sides of Bonham Street between West First and Second streets, in front of the Salvation Army on Grand Avenue, and on Southwest Seventh Street between Bonham and Grand.
“Several property owners have made investments in downtown buildings since the sidewalk replacement projects began more than 10 years ago,” Napier said. “These investments improve property values.”
While putting in new sidewalk, the city will continue its practice of adding the “old period” lighting in all areas, as well, Napier said, as well as taking care of all drainage problems.
“On South Main Street, between Clarksville and Kaufman, there is 100 feet of broken-up concrete on the west side and about 85 feet on the east side,” Napier said.
“On the south side of Lamar, between Second and Third, in front of the old Paris News building, there’s about 195 feet of bad sidewalk,” he added.
“And on the east side of the Paris Community Theatre, there’s about 100 feet of sidewalk that’s quite broken up, and we’ll be fixing the ramps in the back as well.”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra