City sidewalk project continues

The third phase of the Community Development Block Grant-funded sidewalk improvement project is underway in Claremore. As work continues, the city prepares to embark on the 2019 leg of the project.

Claremore's sidewalk saga continues.

The city is hoping to be reimbursed for 50% of a project totaling $215,000 through another year of Community Development Block Grant.

Three years in, this portion of the project will focus on areas in the original town site as well as areas in the Owalla Avenue corridor between Will Rogers Blvd. and Blue Starr Drive with a goal of enhancing pedestrian access.

July 1, Claremore City Council voted to approve a resolution to submit an application requesting grant funding assistance from Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the CDBG 2019 program, a resolution to commit 50% matching funds for the cost of the proposed project. A public participation plan for the CDBG 2019 project was also approved.

"On April 30, the city was notified by Oklahoma Department of Commerce has allocated $107,764 in community development block grant funds for the 2019 Small Cities Program. The 2019 grant allocation for this cycle is approximately $20,000 higher than the city has received in recent years," Jill Ferenc explained. "The CDBG 2019 application to ODOC would be the fourth phase of CDBG sidewalk improvements proposed within the central core of the community. The CDBG 2018 project is currently under construction, and the city anticipates CDBG 2019 project to begin construction in late fall 2019 or early spring 2020."

Ferenc said, "The CDBG 2019 project scope proposes sidewalk and accessibility improvements in a portion of Claremore's original town site as well as areas in the Owalla Avenue Corridor between Will Rogers Boulevard and Blue Starr Drive to enhance pedestrian access routes. This type of improvement serves a low-moderate income area, meets the objectives of the CDBG program, and provides for much needed improvements along and through central neighbor-hoods in the city of Claremore."