The meeting day and date was changed to Monday August 19 because of the ITEP
grant schedule (Illinois Transportation Enchancement Program).
The last day to apply for the grant is 8/20. This is the same program approval that was tabled last week. I have asked for information on this project from the city clerks office through a foia but it seems they don't have anything other than the map which I received.
Quote from the ITEP web site is:
"ITEP 2012 Announcement
CHICAGO – January 30, 2013. Governor Pat
Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced a
nearly $50 million investment in community transportation projects throughout
Illinois. The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation
Enhancement Program (ITEP) will support more than 400 jobs through 54 projects,
including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape
beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a
federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related
enhancement projects in a variety of categories.
Some of you may remember that this subject of a bike path through La Salle Peru was brought up prior to the election 3 years. At that time we gave Chamlin Engineering the job of drawing up a map of possible routes that would connect with La Salle and then go on west. The problem is that no further route extensions were done. This was eventually to connect with the Hennepin Canal and be a part of a great bike trail titled the Kaskaskia Trail through northern Illinois but at this time I understand there is NO Kaskaskia Trail..
Based on this estimate the local share portion of the project will be $250,589.58 which will need to be an upfront payment and then we would be reimbursed by the state.
I understand at the Recreation Board meeting this past Tuesday there was someone present who lives in LaSalle and is working on the routes but he is not a part of the La Salle administration.
If interested you might want to speak with your alderman before the meeting Monday as I understand some of them might be more interested in a swimming pool than a bike path.
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $ 1,252,947.90 and our cities portion would by the 250 thousand plus, the rest would be covered by the state. I have the itemized listing.
The most recent video is posted so please take a minute to watch as there is some relevance to the grant. Not sure the aldermen have received enough information to make an informed decision from looking at this video.