GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commissioners approved a motion Tuesday to go forward with a grant application to use community development block grant funds to assist in providing new traffic lights for the city.
According to Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, the service area for projects need to be considered as the number priority for CDBG grant money.
Earlier in the year, Clay, Morgan and Ohio townships applied for funding along with Gallipolis. According to census data, the city is technically a low-income area. Townships sought to have paving projects done on Bear Run Road, Frederick Road and Peters Branch Road. Clay Township’s Bear Run Road rated highest and the Gallipolis light project rate second highest.
“Now that we’ve picked (projects), I have to write the application to the state. That’s due by June 17,” Sprague previously told the Tribune. “The state award date for the grant agreement is Sept. 1. Once I get the grant agreement, I’ll start the environmental review. For the street light, it won’t be anything because it’s equipment.”
Job estimates for the traffic control light project are estimated around $32,500. County commissioners awarded $26,000 to Gallipolis. The city needs to come up with the rest, around $6,000.
City Manager Gene Greene estimates 32 light heads will be removed and replaced. Traffic lights, depending on design, may have more than three light heads if they face multiple directions. Removing one head may cost upwards of $50 each. Installing new heads may cost around $1,000 each when finally completed. Lights aiming to be replaced sit at the major intersections of town. Many of those locations are along Second Avenue. Third Avenue and Pine Street may see a light replacement, as well as Fourth Avenue and Pine Street.
Greene said that once the funds are dispersed, city workers will replace the lights as soon as possible.
The CDGB project grants program is one of the longest, continuously run programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was started in 1974.
According to the program’s website, “The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.