The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 3, 2014

City receives $492,000 Safe Routes to School grant


New sidewalks and bicycle lanes will be part of a safer route to and from the Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary Campus on Wade Avenue.
The city has received a $492,000 Safe Routes to School grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation, City Manager Jim Timonere said at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
The project is set to begin July 1, 2016, he said.
In June, ODOT approved the travel plan. The city then applied for up to $500,000 in grant money and Timonere got word Monday that the city will receive the money.
Several community leaders, parents, teachers and school administrators worked for three years to get this grant, which will focus on the areas within two miles of the campus.
The Ohio Safe Routes to School program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by ODOT.
In other business, the city manager said he’s hiring two more laborers for the Public Works Department to assist in mowing for the summer. 
Timonere also reported the Walnut Beach concession stand soon will be fully operational. Some new equipment had to be installed, he said.
Ward 2 Councilman August Pugliese reminded motorists that the speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph on parts of Lake Avenue.
Timonere also said the city has been approved for a loan and bond issue, so his $5 million comprehensive paving project will begin in July, he said. 
The city’s streets will be resurfaced throughout a three-year period. 

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