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January 7, 2013

CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: Five SRTS items on agenda

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council tonight will considered five Safe Routes to School agenda items.

Three items have the council considering the approval of the SRTS revised route, revised budget and revised concept statement. The other two agenda items have the council discussing sidewalk width on Cottage Street and non-infrasturcture projects.

The original SRTS route connected to Lakeview at two points, followed a section of West Cottage, then north on South Main Street to West Terry Street and Howar High School. The revised route follows sidewalks on West Cottage Street to South Main Street, a short section on Frances Street to West Terry Street to Howar.

The revised concept statement talks route, cost and bid letting, which is expected to be June 18, 2013.

The total estimated project cost is $334,400. The federal grant is $249,595, which leaves the city responsible for $84,800 of the cost.

Estimate of probable costs itemized includes $20,900 for engineering design, $6,500 for construction engineering, $305,000 for construction and $2,000 for non-infrastructure projects.

SRTS has been an ongoing city project to construct .8 miles of concrete sidewalk between Lakeview Elementary and Howar Junior High School. The sidewalk would help promote children to bicycle or walk to school and get pedestrians to get out and walk.

In other action, the council will hold a public hearing and consider one resolution to approve the sale of public land to Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust in Sunnyside Addition for $10 and one resolution to approve the sale of land to Patty Cisler, Lot 25 in Bella Vista, for $6,000 with $1,500 to be held in ernest.

A discussion on Mikels Drive improvement project, street lights at Highway 5 and Dewey Road and the airport survey for airport land acquisition project are on the agenda.

Last but not least, Centerville Mayor Jim Senior, tonight will recognize Dave "Santa" Rummans as the "Citizen of the Month."

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