City approves Streetscape funding

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By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council has given officials the OK to proceed with Streetscape – its Main Street beautification project.

Council voted on Tuesday to approve two different ordinances that deal with the city’s application for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

That grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The money would be used to continue Streetscape, which has brought improvements – such as lighting and sidewalks – to Lancaster’s Main Street. This latest project, the fifth in the series, targets south Main Street, running from the tracks at the L&C Railway Depot to Emmons Street.

City Administrator Helen Sowell said she had since learned that the city needed to provide an extra $29,175 for engineering costs associated with construction observation.

Officials initially thought the grant would cover engineering costs, but now have been told that the grant can’t cover any of it.

Council voted unanimously to approve the funding allocation.

Project cost

Also, Sowell said the total cost of the project, excluding engineering costs, is now $533,300. This is $33,300 more than what was previous budgeted.

Council members asked Sowell if all of that amount needs to be provided.

“I don’t recommend that (not providing all of the $33,330),” Sowell said, indicating that that amount is needed to fully complete the Streetscape phase.

Council voted 6-1 to allocate that funding. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon Brace dissented.