January 13, 2011

Sidewalk Project Still Moving Forward Despite Change at NRCS

Despite a change in the plan's front man, or woman in this case, Street Superintendent Roy Monroe informed the City Council that the community's push to improve sidewalks is continuing.

Monroe informed the council last month that Barbara Bellows, who had been leading the city's efforts to procure grant funding for sidewalk improvements, was no longer with National Resource Conservation Service. Monroe stated at the December meeting that NRCS had not yet filled the position, but he was working with a temporary officer until a permanent replacement was announced.

The city's street superintendent reported attending a meeting sponsored by the University of Missouri focusing on the system's "livable street projects". He indicated the project focuses on providing improved opportunities for walking and bicycling.

The city has been pursuing funding for sidewalks improvements with the assistance of the Scotland County Health Department and the NRCS. The group has utilized grant funding to perform sidewalk surveys in an effort to identify areas of need.

The involved parties have targeted available grant money through the Missouri Department of Transportation that focus on improved access to public schools.

Monroe noted that the extension representatives at the latest meeting encouraged the creation of a local sidewalk committee to further pursue possible funding sources and continue to identify areas of need. One suggestion was the creation of a Memphis specific regional transportation plan.

Monroe stated another meeting is being planned for February 24th under the direction of Tom Deberry.

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