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Milltown receives Community Crossings Matching Grant

Milltown receives Community Crossings Matching Grant Milltown receives Community Crossings Matching Grant
Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

The Town of Milltown was awarded its first Community Crossings Matching Grant.

Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering, who prepared the roadway Asset Management Plan required for the town to be eligible for the state grant, told the town council at its May 10 meeting the grant is for $74,722. The town’s match is $24,914, bringing the total amount of paving work to be funded by the grant to $99,636.

“It’s a good thing, fantastic, because you’re getting almost $100,000 of paving done for less than $25,000,” Woosley said.

At Woosley’s recommendation, the council voted 2-0 (Councilman Justin Barnes was absent) to authorize Jerry Mackey as council president to sign any necessary grant documentation outside of the meeting.

“Hopefully, they’ll do it this way this year, but last year they sent you the funds ahead of time and then you showed documentation of how you spent those funds, and, if you had excess remaining, you sent it back. Years prior to that, you had to ask for reimbursement,” Woosley said.

The roads to be paved include the following: 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).

Woosley also gave the council a construction update on the new wastewater treatment plant.

“They continue to roll right along even with all the weather we’ve had,” he said of contractor Mitchell and Stark Construction. “Thus far, it hasn’t hurt them too bad. They have lost some days because of rain. The good news is they’ve finished the bulk of the concrete pouring. The tank wall, the tankage itself is all complete, all the walls are finished.”

Woosley added all other pieces of equipment have been delivered, which he said is a “huge positive” since many other projects are being delayed. He noted the project is still on schedule to meet the Aug. 3 deadline to be substantially complete as required by the Community Block Development Grant.

With work progressing, the council, following a motion by Councilwoman Jean Melton, voted 2-0 to approve the fourth pay request from Mitchell and Stark Construction in the amount of $410,470.30, with $43,498.95 to be retained until the end of the project to pay for any incomplete punch list items.

In a related matter, Woosley said he and town manager Josh Breeding have worked on a draft of a map of the wastewater treatment system. He said the map is among the necessary documents required for the Community Block Development Grant and State Revolving Fund loan the town received to help pay for the plant.

Woosley said the draft, which is about 80% finished, is not completely accurate.

“It’s the best we know of where things are today, because some of these things are so old we’re going off of people’s memory of where some things are located, because it’s all underground,” he said.

Breeding added that the original map they’re working from is from the 1950s or ’60s.

Woosley said the firm Baker Tilley of Indianapolis will determine the financial value of the plant’s assets.

“Once this is finished, it’s a good thing because now we’ll have a reliable map that we can update over time,” he said.