City hopeful to secure $1M in grants
by James Phillips
Apr 17, 2013 | 1378 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Council is attempting to secure more than $1 million in grants to assist with several projects within the city.

Council members voted Tuesday to allow Terry Acuff of Hunstville-based Community Consultants to prepare the grant applications and Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood of Birmingham to prepare maps as well as develop the scope and cost of each project.

The city will prepare four applications.

The first grant will be a Community Development Block Grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. It would be used for neighborhood revitalization in the Frisco community between Euclid and Corona avenues.

The second grant, a Recreational Trails Grant, would repair lighting and the walking track at Memorial Park.

The third grant, a Land and Water Conservation Grant, would allow the construction of a pavilion and restrooms at the George Lindsey Dream Field.

The final grant, given as a part of the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), would be used for more sidewalks and lighting downtown. Public Works Director Joe Matthews said the mayor and council would be utilized to determine where that work would be done.

If the city can obtain all four grants, it would gain $1,050,000 for a cost of only $175,000.

“The council felt like that was a pretty good deal all the way around,” District 3 Councilor Gary Cowen said.

The due dates on the four possible grants range from May 31 to June 8.

In other action from the meeting, the council:

•Approved Community Consultants to administer a project to construct a turning lane for Full Moon Bar-B-Que. The project will use state funds and be at no cost to the city.

•Recognized Walker High School’s competition cheerleading team and its coach Amber Wright for finishing No. 5 in a national competition in Orlando.

•Proclaimed May 1 as Law Day in the city.

•Approved sending bid invitations for resurfacing and striping projects.

•Approved rezoning a 5-acre parcel of land located near the former Lowe’s location at the Jasper Square Shopping Center from B-2 (community service) Zoning District to R-5 (multi-family dwelling) Zoning District. The purpose of the rezoning is to allow for the construction of apartments.

• Amended the business license ordinance to remove the dance hall license from the business license code.