City given fed grant of $1.7M for E. Monroe

    The City of Decatur has been awarded $1,366,031 in federal funds to make major improvements to the E. Monroe St. and Piqua Road area, Mayor John Schultz announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    Called the E. Monroe St. project, the work will involve new pavements and curbs, improved drainage and repaving.
    The city will have to provide a 20 percent match of approximately $340,000, which will make it a $1.7 million project..
    The Federal Highway Administration Group III funds will be administered through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
    If it unlikely that the project would begin by 2014, Schultz noted.
    The city is also seeking to obtain a Safe Schools grant to do some other work in the area, mainly building sidewalks for students to use.    
    INDOT also informed the mayor that it is planning a pair of August meetings here on the possible elevation of US 224 in the area of the Bellmont High School   entrance/exit, an almost annual source of flooding.
    An informational meeting is planned for August 16 and a public hearing for August 30. The 16th, however, is a council meeting night so the mayor said he would see if that date could be changed.