Going for the Grant:
Client Projects Move Forward Thanks to Federal & State Funding
Thanks to generous support from federal and state funding agencies, several of our clients’ communities will see their diverse and much-anticipated projects move forward in 2017. JEO is honored to have assisted the following awardees with their recent grant applications, and, along with our clients, eagerly await the economic, environmental, and social growth that will result from each endeavor.
Milford, Nebraska was awarded $1,338,159 from the Nebraska Department of Roads’ Transportation Alternatives Program to establish a trail that will provide safe means for accessing various community amenities. The trail will begin at Milford’s Southeast Community Campus, then head predominately east-west to connect Uptown Park, Linden Avenue, the elementary and high schools, the local senior care center, and Welch Park. The 10-foot-wide trail will total 8,885 linear feet.
The village of Howells, Nebraska was awarded $164,400 through the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission’s Water Sustainability Fund for the purposes of renovating Pokorny Dam, a high-hazard dam located west of the village. The updates will not only bring the dam up to high hazard compliance regulations, but will also provide additional protection from peak flood flows, expand water habitat, and improve water quality.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission awarded the city of Ord, Nebraska $140,000 through its Land and Water Conservation Fund to assist in the construction of a splash pad and aquatic center at Bussell Park. The new aquatic center will feature modern amenities that will appeal to visitors of all ages, including zero-depth entry; splash pad, slides, diving boards, and other water spray and play features; a new bathhouse with showers and restrooms; and a concession stand.
The city of Franklin, Nebraska will use its awarded $11,900 from the Nebraska Investment Financing Authority’s Housing Study Grant Program to prepare a comprehensive development plan that includes a housing study. The update will provide the city with a time horizon of 10 to 15 years and will help guide future land use and public investment decisions to enhance Franklin’s livability for current and future residents. The city’s comprehensive plan was last updated in 1980.
The Greener Nebraska Towns Initiative, funded through the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, granted the city of South Sioux City, Nebraska $10,000 to help establish a compensatory wetland mitigation site, a requirement resulting from the construction of Veterans Drive on the southeast side of the city. The road project has impacted approximately ±0.4183 acres of farmed wetlands. The city’s plan proposes compensation for the unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources with the establishment of ±0.99 acres of in-kind, permittee responsible mitigation.