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Final detail requirements of state and federal grant programs often lead to delays and frustrations, but Winnsboro found a silver lining in its two-year construction program last week with more streets begin added to the scheduled overlay project.
"It's a real bargain for us," said Mayor Jack Hammons Tuesday after amendments were approved to add parts of seven streets without adding costs to the pending $1.2 million street overlay project.
Hammons said addressing final details of grant funding for a $600,000 overhaul of a community center building and adjacent parking lot have postponed construction startup.
"But, there's still time within our projected timetable for completion," the Mayor said.
Work on the street overlay project began several weeks ago with contractors preparing the more heavily damaged parts of streets. The patch-work repair of potholes and other damaged areas is needed, contractors say, to give the overlay a more complete finish.
Once the overlay begins, streets will be addressed according to a prioritized list, beginning with the worst.
Streets added to the current program are part of an earlier funding cycle which has not been completed. They include: Warren Street from Havard to Steele; Walsworth from Highway 15 to Warren; Second Street from highway 15 to Roland; Ferguson Street from Roland to gene; Gene Street from Ferguson to the dead end; Robinson Circle and Seventh Street from Cypress to Ellis.
The street project is a combination of state and local financing.
The city put up half of the amount as matching for a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for the other half. Local taxpayers provided seed money by passing a 10-year, 1/2 cent sales tax dedicated to street work.
Once the overlay is complete the 10-year tax will serve as funding for a street maintenance program.
Funds for the community center and parking lot project are a combination of state and federal funds.
Funds from a combination of four approved state capital outlay projects and U. S. Department of Agriculture funding will play for the renovation of a former McLemore grocery store on Adams Street.
The building will have a kitchen, meeting rooms, rest rooms, storage and offices for community functions.
Across the street, between Adams and Prairie and Cornell and Landis, a landscaped parking lot will be completed.
Other smaller project, including completion of sidewalks and relocation of small water lines, have been completed.