Town seeks $1.1 million in sidewalk grants

Would create a beltway around downtown

The Town of Camp Verde is seeking three grants totaling $1.123 million that it hopes to use to build a beltway of sidewalks around the downtown area.

If funded, the three projects would connect existing sidewalks on Cliffs Parkway and Main Street with new sidewalks on Finnie Flat Road, General Crook Trail and Arizona 260.

The first project is a three-quarter mile long sidewalk that would extend from the south end of Cliffs Parkway; down the north side of Arizona 260 to its intersection with Seventh Street then cross over to the other side of 260 and extend to the intersection with Main Street.

That project would cost an estimated $380,000, all but $40,000 of which would be paid for with grant money and matching funds from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Equity Act.

The town would be responsible for the other $40,000, which includes cost associated with preliminary work such as surveys, environmental requirements and hazardous material assessment.

The town would also be required to sign an intergovernmental agreement to maintain the sidewalks.

The money for this project would come from a statewide pool of just $3.5 million. It is not likely the town will be successful in being awarded the money this year.

"These type of projects in which ADOT is the applicant can typically take up to four tries before they receive funding," town Grants Administrator Carol Keefer said.

The second grant proposal calls for building a sidewalk on the north side of Finnie Flat Road from Bashas' to Circle K.

This project is estimated to cost $497,000, with the town assuming $25,500 in matching funds and another $48,000 in preliminary costs. Having the town administer the project could reduce some of the town's expenses.

As designed, the Finnie Flat project includes a shaded bench, trash receptacle, shade landscaping, a raised retaining wall along the Verde Ditch, decorative fencing and landscaping.

This is a local grant, the funds of which come from a $6 million pool. This is the second year the town has applied for this project.

The third project would build a half-mile long on the south side of General Crook Trail from Seventh Street to the intersection with Main Street by Top Shelf Liquor Store.

Estimated costs of the project are $371,000, with the town supplying $19,00 in matching funds and $37,000 in preliminary costs.

This will be the first year the project has been applied for, but as Keefer told the council, "it is advisable to start now and keep reapplying."

Funding for the Crook Trail project would come from the same $6 million pool as the Finnie Flat Grant.

The likelihood of receiving all three grants is slim.

"All of these enhancement grants are highly competitive," Keefer said. "We have done our homework on all three projects and at this point we're hopeful."

The town council unanimously passed resolutions approving the submission of the three grants at their Wednesday session.

The town can expect to find out if they were awarded grant sometime in December of this year.


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