The city of Lincoln work session lasted about 15 minutes, and then
nearly everyone headed over to the courthouse for the 7:30 special
Logan County Board meeting that would determine if the county would
sign an intergovernmental agreement that would move the Fifth Street
Road project forward at this time.
In full attendance, county
board members heard four new, small revisions to the agreement that
were handed down from the state this week. Then the matter was put
to a vote. It was decided 11-1 to sign the agreement. Board Chairman
Bob Farmer was the lone "no" vote.
The initial process in the renovation of the road entails two
phases of developing the plans for the road. Federal funding will be
used to cover this cost. The two phases are expected to take eight
months to a year. The information developed from those plans will be
used to direct the construction phases, estimate final costs and, if
necessary, look for further grants or financing.
When those phases are complete and it is time to build the road,
the contract has a clause in it that puts the process on hold. The
city is responsible for 75 percent of the roadway and thereby the
costs. While the county has its funds in place to build, the city
does not. The clause saying "if and when the city has the funding"
was added to be certain that the funding is in place before
contracts to build are let out.
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City officials have expressed intent to look aggressively for
state or federal assistance. City streets and alleys chairman Daron
Whittaker said that there are a lot of opportunities out there and
he is ready to look for them. Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis, Alderman
Buzz Busby and Whittaker have said that they plan to make this their
project they take to D.C. when they make their annual trip there
after the new year.
The city has also looked into the possibility of acquiring
financing for the project, and while they hope not to have to do
that, financing options do exist.
Engineers involved in the project were chomping at the bit
following last Friday's meeting. Lincoln city engineer Mark Mathon,
Logan County engineer Bret Aukamp and former Logan County engineer
Tom Hickman, who was heavily involved in starting the plans, and
Lisa Krammer from Hanson's, gathered at the back of the room to
informally discuss the project.