Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 14, 2012

Safe Routes to School committee meeting today for second time

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The committee the City Council authorized to look at the feasibility of the Safe Routes to School project, a nearly one-mile long six-foot sidewalk along South Main Street between Lakeview Elementary and Howar Junior High School in Centerville, gathered for the first time Thursday, Aug. 9 at City Hall.

In 2007 the city received nearly $250,000 in state grant money to build the Safe Routes to School sidewalk. The sidewalk has yet to be built and more than $20,000 has been spent in engineering fees.

Jim Milani, one of the committee members, said the group was divided into thirds: design and plan, funding and local contractors qualifying.

Milani also talked about a local contractor and the length the state grant remains available to Centerville.

Milani said Fogle Construction, of Centerville, can meet project requirements and the length the state grant remains available may not go as far as city officials believe, Milani said.

"Let's hope we can get it going," Milani said. "I'd hate to see that money go somewhere else."

The committee of Milani, Mark Hoffman, Tony Ryan, Nancy Huisman, Marilyn Vanderlin, Richard Smith, Kim Crego, Jim Senior and Neil MacArthur will meet again today at 10 a.m. at City Hall.