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Kendall County awards sidewalk money to local governments

Transportation Alternatives Program awards

Jurisdiction Project Amt. asked for Amt. awarded

Yorkville Sidewalks, Route 47 $54,000 $5,000

Oswego Sidewalks, Path, Route 71 $34,000 $15,000

OswegolandPD Sidewalks, bridge $7,200 $10,000

Lisbon Sidewalks $20,000 $20,000

Source: Kendall County Highway Department

Updated: March 20, 2013 6:57PM

YORKVILLE — The Kendall County Board this week awarded $50,000 to four local governments in the county to put toward sidewalk construction along redone highways.

The program is known as TAP, which stands for Transportation Alternatives Program, and was created last year by the County Board to help local governments pay for enhancements such as sidewalks and bike trails as part of highway projects.

The Kane County Highway Department sets aside $50,000 from the general transportation fund each year for TAP. Municipalities or other local governments can apply for that money.

The point of the program is to help municipalities pay for parts of programs they might otherwise cut. A local government can only apply for, at most, half of a project cost

For instance, Yorkville applied for $54,000 of a $108,000 sidewalk construction project associated with the Route 47 improvements through Yorkville. City officials made a conscious effort to cut costs on the project to keep the local match as low as possible, and cut out sidewalk enhancements.

So, city officials said they would cobble together funding for sidewalks and pay for it themselves, when they could.

Because the city is paying its local match for the Route 47 project over 10 years, members of the County Board’s Highway Committee decided to award $5,000 this year toward the sidewalk project, and have Yorkville reapply each year for more TAP funds to put toward the work.

“They will probably ask for TAP money each year,” said Andy Myers, of the highway department staff.

The other projects awarded were: $15,000 to Oswego, which asked for $34,000 to put toward a multi-use path and sidewalk along Route 71, between Orchard Road and Route 34; $10,000 to the Oswegoland Park District toward construction of a sidewalk and sidewalk bridge along Plainfield Road, connecting Route 71 to a path at Prairie Point; and $20,000 to build a sidewalk along Lisbon Road north of Whitewillow Road in Lisbon.

The reason for the higher funding for the latter two projects is they are ready to be built this year, officials said.

This is the first year for TAP, and County Board members said they think it is a good program for the future.

“When towns say we double tax them and stuff like that, I hope they keep this in mind,” said Finance Committee Chairman John Purcell.

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