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February 5, 2014

11 county road projects could receive grant funding

Commissioners hope to tap into allocated state funds by creating transportation reinvestment zones

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Pct 1: Veal Station Road(8), Old Springtown Road(6), Knob Road(3), Harms Drive(11).

Pct.2: Advance Road(2), Adelle Road(7).

Pct.3: Fox Road(9), Thompson Road(4).

Pct.4: Clear Lake Road(10), East Bankhead Highway(1), White Settlement Road(5).

For all but one project, the road’s right-of-way serves as the CETRZ.

“Since the Precinct 1 grounds actually are adjacent, one of the parts of the application is to include the road’s right-of-way and one parcel along the road,” Bosco said. ”We chose that the Precinct 1 grounds, the property the county already owns, be encompassed in Veal Station to meet those requirements.”

Riley said the CETRZ boundaries would be finalized at the next meeting.

Commissioners must wait 30 days after the public hearing to authorize the grant application, now due March 14. An advisory board, comprising oil and gas industry representatives and county residents, must also be appointed.

“Did you say that’s a 20 percent match?” Dusty Renfro asked after the presentation. “If that number grows on us it could be significant.”

“I don’t think we have to use all of it,” Riley replied.

Auditor Mike Rhoten asked if the county’s matching funds could be in-kind instead of cash, with the donation of man-hours, materials or equipment, and the judge replied that he would ask the law firm hired to submit the application.

The grant can be used to pay for engineering services as well as legal fees, Bosco said.

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