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Milltown’s Community Crossings application includes 10 roads

Milltown’s Community Crossings application includes 10 roads Milltown’s Community Crossings application includes 10 roads
Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

The Milltown Town Council announced at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8 that it met the application deadline to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

The council last month authorized Jerry Mackey, as board president, to submit a letter to the state by Jan. 29 identifying which roads the town intended to pave if awarded a grant.

The roads listed in the letter included: Cherry Street (Broadway Street to Speed Road), East Street (South Street to Hill Street), Hancock Street (Cherry Street to Indiana Avenue), Jefferson Street (Main Street to Logan Street), Logan Street (Union Street to Jefferson Street), Main Road (S.R. 64 to 0.38 mile southeast of S.R. 64), North Street (Harrison Avenue to East Street), Quarry Lane (Speed Road to 0.1 mile north of Speed Road), Summers Lane (Main Street to 0.12 mile north of Main Street) and Union Street (Main Road to Logan Street).

The total estimated cost of the submitted projects is $99,656.24. While town, city and county governments must have 100% of the funds available in order to apply, the grant would pay 75% of the cost, leaving Milltown’s local share at $24,914.06.

In the letter signed by Mackey, the town indicated it would utilize Motor Vehicle Highway and Local Roads and Streets funds, and, if necessary, gaming funds, from its budget to fully fund the projects.

While there is no guarantee the town will be awarded a grant, Councilman Justin Barnes said it should help that this is the first time Milltown has applied.

“Most towns who have never applied usually, their first application, as long as there are no paperwork issues, usually they get it,” he said.

In another matter, Mackey passed along an update on construction of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant.

Mackey said Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering indicated work is progressing, including the removal of the base exterior clarifier and digester structures and installation of the bypass line.

He added that Woosley said the contractor, Mitchell and Stark Construction, hopes to pour the first footer within the next few weeks.

“So, it looks like we’re up to schedule,” Mackey said.

Mackey also passed along a pay request on the project in the amount of $121,956.25, which, following a motion by Barnes that was seconded by Councilwoman Jean Melton, was approved, 3-0.

In other business, the council:

Was informed by Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Lutz that the town received the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act claims it submitted. The claims totaled $648 for personal protective equipment and $15,222 for public safety salaries. The latter can be deposited into the General Fund, allowing the council greater flexibility in how it can be spent.

Voted 3-0 to amend the 2021 salary ordinance to reflect that 52% of the marshal’s salary is to be funded from the Public Safety Fund while 48% is to come from the General Fund. The ordinance had incorrectly stated that the entire salary was to be paid from the General Fund.

Approved, 3-0, a permit for American Legion Post 332 to host an outdoor gun shoot fundraiser. The low-caliber shoot normally takes place inside, but it is being moved outside due to COVID-19. The shoot will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, with a rain date of March 27.

Announced the town will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at Baylor Park. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be on Saturday, April 3. The council also voted 3-0 to authorize up to $300 from the Events Fund to purchase prizes.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.