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Safe Route To School Grant awarded to Glenwood City

GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council learned Monday night that their application for a Safe Route to School Grant has been accepted. Glenwood City is one of the twenty-seven communities in the state to receive funds from the 2014-2018 Transportation Program.

Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation reported to the city council about the grant award. The city will get $348,410 to construct a sidewalk from the swimming pool at Hinman Park east to Magnolia Drive to Misty Lane and south to the school.

The city has been working with the school on this project for a couple of years. Oium informed the council that the total project cost was estimated at $435,000 and the grant pays for 80 percent of the cost. He stated that someone from the city should go to a training session in Wisconsin Rapids, noting, “there is a lot of paper work that goes along with the program.”

Council person Nancy Hover had a couple of questions about the grant, inquiring about the time line, which is a four year program and she noted that the city would have to pay for the work and then be reimbursed from the grant program.

Other area government bodies receiving grants include St. Croix County with $120,000 for the St. Croix County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The City of Menomonie received $581,504 for the Junction Trail I-94 Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge.

In other action the council approved spending $4,800 to have Cedar Corporation prepare and submit an Operational Evaluation Report for phosphorus compliance to the DNR. They also approved spending $5,900 for a new aerator for the lagoon. City’s Public Works Director Doug Doornink reported that the present aerator has not worked since he has been with the city and it was rusted beyond repair. With council members saying that they wanted to keep facility in top repair and functioning properly so the state does not make the city face new construction.

Doornink also reported about hiring a new part-time person and that he purchased a used baler for the recycling center, telling the council that they now have three balers and they can keep the area clear of recyclables. “No garbage in the room now,” Doornink proclaimed.