Archive for Thursday, May 21, 2009

City gets $90,000 more in stimulus funding

May 21, 2009

It’s too early to know if the federal stimulus package will boost the economy, but it will make a difference in De Soto.

A month after it was learned the city would receive $400,000 in stimulus funds to mill and overlay Kill Creek Road from 83rd Street to Kansas Highway 10, city officials have learned the city will receive another $90,000 for help with two projects planned for this year.

De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt said the city learned earlier this month that the Johnson County Community Block Grant program was to receive $147,000 of federal stimulus money to distribute to county cities. The city promptly made application for two projects, the sidewalk replacement west of the Bleu Tomato on Wea Street and the city’s annual mill and overlay street projects, which this year will be concentrated on older neighborhood streets near the De Soto Baptist Church.

The funding will provide $40,000 for the new sidewalk, which will cover the project’s construction cost, Brungardt said.

Earlier this year, the De Soto City Council agreed to spend $165,000 to mill off old asphalt and repave the portions of High Street and 85th Terrace that forms a right angle southwest of Penner Avenue, the portion of Church Street and W. 86th Terrace (and W. 87th south from 86th Terrace) that also forms a right angle from Penner, and one block of Primrose Drive.

With $50,000 in stimulus funding for the mill and overlay projects, the city can add additional streets or keep the money for projects in future years.

Brungardt said he was informed by a KDOT engineer that the December bid date for the Kill Creek Road repaving was a “worst-case scenario,” and that if the city completes paperwork in a timely manner it could be bid in August.

A December bid would definitely push the project back to spring 2010. An August bid date might allow the repaving to occur late this summer, Brungardt said.

He expected to have the paperwork submitted in time for an earlier bid date, but Brungardt said it wasn’t certain the mill and overlay could be done this year. He would be reluctant to start an asphalt project in late September with the possibility cool weather could interfere with the schedule, Brungardt said.

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