Thanks to good bids for a federally-funded street improvement program, part of Great Bend will also get sidewalk improvements, the Great Bend City Council decided this week.
City Engineer Robert Winiecke reported to the council Monday night that there was Community Development Block Grant funding left from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project for 19 blocks of Heizer, Hubbard and Holland earlier.
He explained that since there was money left over from the street improvement project, it was determined the city could use the remaining funds to put handicap access curb cuts into intersections where the original improvements had been made.
Esfeld Construction submitted the low bid for the project at $33,633, and that was approved by the council.
The council also approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation that allows the city to funnel federal funding through the state, saving the city a great deal of reporting work.
The city was able to use the KDOT effort to receive $169,355.13, it was reported.
Also Monday night, the council accepted a change in its Kansas Department of Health and Environment loan that will save the city $61.37 two times a year; and it approved a garbage and refuse license for Stone Waste Management, of Great Bend.