Grant programs crowd agenda

While Wapakoneta City Council members are preparing to hear the second reading of an ordinance applying for $500,000 for a third round of federal grant money for Safe Routes to Schools, councilors will hear the first reading of an ordinance to proceed with plans for the second round of Safe Routes to Schools funds.

Councilors are expected to hear the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the safety-service director to negotiate and proceed with plans and development of specifications, advertise for bids and execute a construction agreement for phase 2 of the Safe Routes to Schools money.

Councilors also are scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance permitting city administrators to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant for the Heritage Drive and River Walk project. The project is estimated to cost $2.14 million with the city responsible for 20 percent of the construction cost, or an estimated $428,128.

Councilors are to hear the first reading of a resolution in support of tax-exempt financing because tax-exempt bonds “are the basic tool used by states, cities, counties, towns, universities, school districts and other governmental entities to fund public purpose projects necessary to provide needed infrastructure and services.”

Today, 75 percent of the infrastructure investment in the United States is financed by state and local bonds to build an array of projects from roads and bridges to hospitals and police stations, from hospitals and town halls to sewers and power systems.

Councilors are scheduled to hear the third reading of an ordinance authorizing a cooperative agreement for construction, maintenance and operation of state wastewater project between the city of Wapakoneta and the Ohio Water Development Authority and declaring an emergency.

Wapakoneta City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. today in council chambers at Wapakoneta City Administration Building, 701 Parlette Court.