THAYER -- Thayer city employee Gary Barton announced last week he will be submitting an application for a Transportation Enhancement Funds grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Barton said if the grant is approved it will be used to replace, repair and add new sidewalks in the city.
The most recent grant received by the city from MoDOT was for $98,700 and will be used for sidewalks from the East Meadows Apartments out Highway 142 East, connecting it with existing sidewalks.
Barton said many residents of that area of the city have expressed the need for the sidewalks to make Wal-Mart and Wallace and Owens more accessible for those who have to or want to walk.
If the grant is approved, Barton said another extensive sidewalk project in the city would get under way. "We plan to start at Monroe Street and go down to Augusta Oaks Apartments and over to Sherwood Park where we plan to re-surface the existing walking trail and bring new sidewalks up through the park," he said.
Barton said from there the plan is to cross Highway 63 up to the nursing home on Business 19, down Seventh Street to Walnut Street and back across Chestnut Street. Barton said the project will end when it goes to Third Street and ties in with the new sidewalks on Chestnut Street.
"We will be having a public meeting Feb. 14 in the council room at City Hall. It will be prior to the regular council meeting at 6:45 p.m. This will be a question and answer session, and anyone interested in the sidewalk project is invited to attend," he said.
He said if the city receives the grant, city employees will construct the sidewalks.
Barton said he will meet with engineer Fred Schlegel from Scott Consulting in Willow Springs in the near future to discuss the project. Barton said the engineer will help design and put a cost estimate on the project.
He said he does not have a dollar amount for the project. He said he knows that Transportation Enhancement Funds can go as high as $250,000 and as low as $25,000. The grants require a 20-percent match from the city.
"This is just another step in the ongoing attempt to improve the sidewalks in the city of Thayer," Barton said.