The Pryor Times

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March 18, 2010

Pryor applies for sidewalk grant

The City of Pryor is applying for another grant for sidewalks through Grand Gateway.

Tami McKeon, Community Development Block Grant Director from Grand Gateway Economic Development Authority, addressed Pryor about a grant for the city’s capital improvements plan.

McKeon said one of the priorities in the CIP is to get the city compliant with the Americans with Disablities Act, which includes sidewalks.

Grand Gateway is applying for $150,000 in federal grant funding, for a total project cost of $218,000.

If the city receives the grant, new ADA compliant sidewalks would be installed along Graham Avenue and other sections of street throughout town. McKeon explained the city needs to get current sidewalk handicap accessible before adding new sidewalks.

“My concern is our streets are a mess right now,” said Councilman Drew Stott.

McKeon said the sidewalks project is part of the goal to get the city ADA compliant. She said the application deadline is March 26. She said the last sidewalk project was completed within 10 months.

“It is noteworthy how fast it went,” she said. “ADA accessibility is vitally important.”

Stott said he would rather see the city put in sidewalks where there are none instead of tearing out and replacing the current sidewalks.

“The sidewalks that are in the list downtown are in bad shape,” stated Jared Crisp of DeShazo, Tang & Associates.

“Unfortunately, believe it or not, $218,000 does not go that far on these projects,” McKeon said. She said city improvements must be done in phases.

Crisp gave the following list of sidewalks to be replaced, along with the approximate length of sidewalk replaced:

• North Adair in front of city hall to Northeast First – 450 feet, west side only

• South Adair in front of Adair Street Market – 99 feet, west side only

• South Adair, from post office to Southeast First – 205 feet, east side only

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