GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents living in the area of East Fourth, Ash, Elm and Birch streets will see improvements to their neighborhoods if the Grandview City Council has its way.
The council last night gave Engineer Ted Pooler the go-ahead for seeking a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $1 million following a public hearing on the matter.
The project, said Pooler, is estimated to cost approximately $1.2 million. The city would provide matching funds for the nearly $200,000 not covered by the grant.
That is if Grandview receives the CDBG funding.
Pooler said the name of the project is East Fourth Street Improvement and there are several improvements that will be addressed if the funding is secured.
"There are utility needs," he said, noting the sewer lines in the neighborhood were constructed with asbestos cement and need to be replaced.
"Couplings can crack and materials soften," said Pooler, stating the lines would be replaced with PVC.
The water service lines, he said, are galvanized steel and would be replaced as a result of the project.
Pooler said the neighborhood is in an older section of Grandview and the street improvements would include new gutters and sidewalks, as well as room for parallel parking.
The city's matching funds for the project, he told the council, will come from the city's transportation benefit district.
"We are helping 42 properties and 73 percent of them are (owned by individuals living at) a low to moderate income level, including 18 households occupied by senior citizens," said Pooler.
Lonnie Hendrickson lives in the neighborhood and said, "I would love to see this project completed."
He said there have been numerous issues with the streets where he lives, including high water situations when the city receives a heavy rainfall.
With improvements to the streets, Hendrickson said he is certain there won't be any "lake" or "river" in the area.
The Grandview City Council approved a resolution, granting Pooler to apply for the CDBG grant by a 7-0 vote.