The council approved two resolutions submitted by Renaissance on Main director Cindy Sholar, granting permission to seek two grants from the state worth more than $500,000.
The first, a $280,000 grant to complete phase three of the downtown Streetscape project (affecting Marion Street and installing sidewalks in front of the Cadiz Baptist Church) will be supplemented by $70,000 worth of matching funds from the Cadiz Renaissance on Main 2006 budget. It will not require any funds from the city’s capital budget, Sholar said.
Because of high demand and limited funds, Sholar had to previously apply for the right to submit a full application for the grant, a right that was granted.
The second grant from the Kentucky Department of Transportation for $250,000, if awarded, will be used to build additional sidewalks to the school campus and put a pedestrian light in front of the high school gym.
Though Sholar said the state had already provided a crosswalk to the library for students’ use, she said it remains to be “just not a safe environment.”
Mayor Lyn Bailey, speaking in the absence of Trigg County Economic Development Commission director Sharon Butts, said the EDC had been warded a $341,000 grant. The money will be used to recoup expenses Cadiz incurred during construction of Industrial Park 3, and getting it ready for Benson International, which began operations in the park in January.
“We’re very proud of that,” Bailey said.
In other action, the council heard the first reading of an ordinance clearly delineating Cadiz’s city limits.
Mayor Bailey said officials from the Pennyrile Area Development District requested that surveying be completed when they discovered Cadiz didn’t have an official map.
Bailey said it took a representative from Ron Johnson and Associates about six months to investigate all relevant annexation ordinances and conduct some surveying.
In other action, councilman Frankie Phillips made a motion to purchase a new backhoe for the city, which was passed.
Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said the backhoe — bought new in 1989, almost 6,000 hours have since been logged on it — was presently broken down.
“That’s something we use everyday,” Phillips said.
The city will keep the old backhoe, using it to do work at the city garage.
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