CLINTON — Phase III of the 19th Avenue North extension project is slated for discussion Tuesday when the Clinton City Council will have a vote to continue with land acquisition to move the project forward.
For $34,000 the city will acquire property located at 719 19th Ave. North to continue with the project, but in order to access funding for Phase III, the city will also need to apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.
According to City Administrator Jessica Kinser, the grant is available for projects that have the ability to connect freight transportation systems and create new jobs. She added in a memo to the city council, that because the 19th Avenue North extension project is “shovel ready” and has access to local funding, that is good news for the city’s potential for earning the award.
“The 19th Avenue North Project, Phase III, is scheduled for a bid letting in September, November of 2015, for work during the 2016 construction season,” Kinser said. “ECIA (East Central Intergovernmental Association) thinks that this would be a very competitive grant opportunity given the connection to the (Gateway Bridge), Main Avenue and (U.S.) 30 via Millcreek Parkway.”
The deadline for pre-applications for the TIGER grant is scheduled for May, 4, and if the council approves, ECIA will be contracted to do the pre-application and application process.
Currently, Phase III of the project is estimated to cost $3.6 million, but if the city is able to earn the TIGER grant, it would provide 50 percent, or $1.8 million, worth of funding for the project. That would leave $800,000 worth of city funds and $1 million in allocated Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to match the remaining 50 percent.
In order to conduct the application process on behalf of the city, ECIA will require a $5,000 fee which Kinser said will come from the Engineering Service Fund, which has a positive balance and currently is not budgeted for a specific use.
If the city approves the pre-application, it will revisit the subject again in June to approve the final application for the grant and proceed with the project.
In addition to discussing the 19th Avenue North project, the city council will consider a rezoning ordinance for the 700 block of North 18th Street from one-family residential to condominium residential. It will also approve a revised final plat of the Lyons Business and Tech Park second addition and the final plat of a Whispering Pines third addition.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. at Clinton City Hall with a Committee of the Whole meeting to follow.
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