Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 27, 2013

Sidewalk money eyed for medians

City says project will still be completed.

By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer

— The city of Kokomo is seeking public comment on a plan to increase funding for the medians along Apperson Way and the sidewalk/beautification work around the Kingston apartment complex.

Officials are proposing to use money originally slated for sidewalks on East Taylor Street to pay for additional costs incurred on both the Apperson and Kingston projects, according to a notice posted in Thursday’s Kokomo Tribune.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight answered “yes” when asked if the city still plans to install the sidewalks along Taylor, but declined to elaborate.

In the city’s 2012 Community Development Block Grant funding application, city officials proposed upgrades along Taylor from Apperson Way to Calumet Street.

The 2012 fiscal year ended June 30, but the city can still spend money attached to projects on the 2012 plan list. The city receives money each year through the federal community development block grant money, to be spent on projects approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city must go through a formal public comment period if it wants to amend the HUD-approved plan.

All of the CDBG projects must take place within areas of the city where a majority of the population is in the low-to-moderate income category.

Members of the public have until Aug. 24 to comment on the city’s proposed amendment, by emailing development@cityofkokomo.org, calling 765-456-7375, or by writing to the city Department of Development, 100 S. Union St., Kokomo, IN 46901.