Grant money for electric bus before Assembly Committee

    The Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee meets over the Noon hour Monday.

    One agenda item is identified as "Lo-No Grant Receipt."  City Manager Rorie Watt explained on Action Line Friday that its a federal grant program for low emissions and no emissions.  "That's pretty exciting," he said..  "That's a $400,000 grant from the federal government's Transit Authority that will be used to purchase an electric bus for  the Capital Transit fleet."

    Insurance money to help cover the rebuild of Project Playground is before the committee.  "We will be appropriating $1.3 Million of insurance funds into that project," Watt said. "We've got a citizen group working real hard to come up with a playground design and process that can involve the public.  So we're going to try to get that under construction this spring."

    The Downtown Street Banner Selection Committee is on the agenda.  Watt explains that part of the downtown roads work projects they will put banners on the light poles.  "We're going to run that through a formal art process and let people propose designs for those banners.  I think it's a good opportunity for the public in the aesthetics of our downtown."

    Wastewater infrastructure for Mendenhall River Crossings is before the panel as an information item.  "We all know the land is rising which means that the river is cutting deeper," Watt said.    "We've got two sewer pipes across the Mendenhall River that are exposed and we've got to figure out how to not have those sewer pipes break."

    The Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee is scheduled to convene at Noon Monday in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.


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