Village of Warren receives IDOT grant for sidewalk improvement
Governor Pat Quinn has approved Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funding in the amount of $232,320.00 for a Warren-Downtown Sidewalk Improvement project.
Word of the award was received from the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday, October 29, 2010.
Initial discussion on the condition of the sidewalks in downtown Warren began in mid 2010. At that time the Village actively identified grants and other options open to help in funding a sidewalk rehabilitation project.
A resolution in support of a downtown district transportation enhancement project was passed by the Village Board on August 23, 2010. The application for the grant from IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) was completed by Sharon Pepin of Community Funding & Planning Services; Stockton, IL and submitted before the August 31, 2010 deadline. The original amount applied for was $262,321.00.
There were 12 eligible categories that could qualify a community for the grant. Warren’s project fell within the Landscaping & Other Scenic Beautification Program category. In the application, descriptions of trip hazards, settlement and handicap accessibility were listed. Photos of the deterioration at specific areas were included along with letters of support from downtown business owners. It was noted that Warren’s downtown district is listed on the National Historic Register, with historic lighting and tourism potential. ADA compliance entries to the buildings on both sides of Main Street were listed as an issue also. Information gathered from a SWOT analysis created at the Village’s public Roundtable Forum held in February, 2010 was included. Items listed as weaknesses on the analysis were aging infrastructure, “sidewalks in Downtown” and the Village appearance.
The grant will consist of 80% IDOT TEP (Transportation Enhancement Program) funds and 20% Village funds. Mayor Raisbeck, Sharon Pepin and Jeff Bartell have scheduled an appointment to meet in Dixon with the state officials to finalize contract plans. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in the summer of 2011 and must be completed in three years.
A Rural Business Enterprise grant from US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development and the creation of a TIF District are several other avenues of funding that are being pursued.
If you would like more information regarding the grant please call Village Hall at 815-745-3315.