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Parking improvements planned

Published 7:07pm Sunday, January 22, 2012

Parking area slated for improvements

A draft design of parking areas between City Hall and the Council on Aging building, as well as the former fire station behind City Hall, has been in staff’s hands for review.
“Both of these areas are in need of improvement.
“It is our hope that construction can take place as soon as the asphalt plants open in mid-April,” City Manager Kevin Anderson said Friday.
Grant for wastewater treatment plant pulls through approvals

The city submitted an amended S2 grant for planning improvements to the wastewater treatment plant and lift stations throughout the sewer system.
“We have received notification that this grant will be approved in the April 2012 funding cycle,” Anderson said.
Cass-Van Buren ESA response good

Cass-Van Buren Emergency Services Authority met Jan. 16 for its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting.
“I am pleased to report that the contractor continues to meet all the response times within the contract,” Anderson said.

Russom Park work developing

Russom Park Committee met Jan. 16 and has begun the process of developing a timeline for final design, bidding and construction of work pursuant to the grants each of the communities (Dowagiac and Silver Creek Township) received.
Dowagiac applies for grants

Staff recently became aware of federal air quality grants administered by the state.
Purpose of the funding is to reduce omissions and improve air quality.
In each grant cycle, there is money allocated to Cass County. Public transportation, bike paths and sidewalks are the type of projects funded through this program. Recreational bike paths and trails are not allowed.
The city submitted for 80 percent grant funding for a DART bus as well as sidewalks from Prairie Ronde to Russom Park and on Hill Street. Funds for these projects would be available in 2013-14.

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