Council of Governments recommending $1.6 million for local projects

Mar. 7—ANDERSON — Nine local communities and Madison County are being recommended to receive $1.6 million from the county's share of food and beverage tax revenues.

The Madison County Council of Governments subcommittee consisting of the mayors of Alexandria and Elwood, a Madison County Commissioner and representative from Pendleton reviewed the requests which have to be approved by the Madison County Council.

The county council will consider the approval at the Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.

Jerry Bridges, executive director of COG, said 11 of the 16 funding requests were approved.

Madison County receives 40% of the revenues from the 1% food and beverage tax and Anderson receives 60% of the funds.

The town of Frankton was approved in the amount of $100,000 for a stormwater improvement project on Clyde Street to reduce flooding near the high school and along Lafayette and Pogue streets.

The total project cost is estimated at $428,083.

Alexandria's request for $150,000 was approved to be used as a 50% match for a façade improvement program.

Pendleton requested $250,000 for a three-year grant façade program, which was approved but will have to wait for the available funding in the future.

The town of Edgewood will receive $50,000 to construct a restroom and shower at the fire station for female firefighters. The project will be funded in the future when funds are available.

The city of Elwood will receive $225,000 for an irrigation system at the golf course.

The town of Ingalls was approved to receive $170,000 for the placement of gateway signage along Interstate-69 at the 214 mileage exit.

Markleville's request for $150,000 for the construction of a community building at the town park was approved.

Orestes was approved for $50,000 for improvements to the town park in four phases with the first phase to replace a wooden playset with a metal playset.

Madison County will receive $270,287 for operating expenses this year for the TRAM (Transportation for Rural Areas of Madison County).

A second request in the amount of $125,000 for COG for pictometry flights in the county was approved but will have to wait until the funds are available.

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