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City nets Crossings grant

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com

 

Marion will have more money to put toward its roads as it has received over $700,000 in Community Crossings grants.

City Controller Julie Flores notified the City Council Wednesday night that State Rep. Kevin Mahan has notified her of the grant. According to the State of Indiana's website, the total amount is for $768,776.55.

Converse, Gas City and Sweetser also received funds from this year's round of grant money.

Community Crossings funds are used for road construction and maintenance.

Sticking with road funds, the city needs to appropriate $266,215 into the Motor Vehicle Highway Other Services and Charges account to maintain state requirement.

Flores approached the council with the request. She said that 50 percent of state revenue needs to be put toward road construction, reconstruction or preservation. The anticipated revenue for 2018 was not reflected in the original appropriation. Flores said the correct amount was inputted originally but some issue led to the appropriation not being correct.

The city expects to be audited and needs the mistake remedied, Flores said.

“There are funds available, we do need this appropriate to reach that 50 percent,” she said.

The request unanimously moved to a second, public hearing. It is expected to pass at the next City Council meeting.

In other steakhouse news, Texas Roadhouse's opening is less than a month away.

The restaurant is set to open Dec. 3, according to City Council member Alan Miller.

Miller announced the date at the end of the meeting. He said the opening date was discussed Wednesday morning during the Grant County Growth Council's BYOC2 networking event.

Miller said festivities will begin at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 3, with customers being served starting at 4 p.m.

The City Council heard an update from Chief of Staff Mike Flynn on the condition of a Marion firefighter who was seriously injured in an auto accident last week.

Chad Jenkins, an engineer with the Marion Fire Department, was injured in an Oct. 30 crash in Miami County. Flynn said Jenkins was still in serious condition while his children were showing signs of improvement. 

Atlas Foundry was also recognized, having celebrated its 125th anniversary. The factory is Marion's current oldest business.