City is awarded KDOT ‘Safe Route’ grant
Baldwin City has received another Kansas Department of Transportation grant. This one is for the Safe Routes to School program and is Phase 1 funding for $14,780.
"Oh, yeah, it's great news," said City Administrator Jeff Dingman. "It was a quick start."
The city applied for the grant in August and Dingman was surprised to hear so quickly on it. The program is designed to determine the safest routes to school for children and how to make those routes safer.
Phase 1 funding is for studies of the areas within a mile radius of the city. Once those routes are identified and what needs to be done to make them safer -- such as sidewalks and crossing guards -- the city can apply for Phase 2 funding which is for the actual improvements.
"There are federal funds to fund 100 percent of costs for whatever is needed," said Dingman. "It is my intent to put sidewalks where they are needed and to replace some sidewalks."
He said the process should start soon.
"Next step is they'll be sending contracts to sign," he said. "We'll get the city council to approve those at the next meeting."
He said that then he and School District Supt. Paul Dorathy would attend a training session on the program in November and start with public meetings, etc. to determine needs.