BY TOM BUSSELBERG
WEST BOUNTIFUL – This community’s 800 West is known for its many shade-providing, leafy trees, and more than a few distinctive, historic homes.
And taking a more leisurely pace by walking the sidewalks, particularly from 1000 North to 1600 North, will get easier soon as well.
The city has received a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant for sidewalk improvements, said Davis County Grants Coordinator Greg Johnson.
“It’s a route where kids walk to school,” said City Engineer Ben White. “Our intent is to replace and build new sidewalk.”
The $20,000 will allow the city to fix the most worn out areas, including those that have buckled due to a proximity to trees, he said.
The city originally asked for $65,000 to replace the entire stretch of sidewalk, White said.
The city would have augmented that amount with some of its own money, but isn’t doing so with the smaller grant award, he said.
“We’re still evaluating how to best use the funds,” White said.
The city’s public works crew could complete the work rather than hiring an outside contractor, he said.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds originate with the federal government and are intended to replace or upgrade infrastructure. The city’s award is also meant to be used in areas where a substantial portion of residents are low to moderate income.
Meanwhile, the city has completed a few major projects over the past year.
Ґ In 2012, 400 North from 800-1100 West was rebuilt. The project included a new road base, sewer line and curb and gutter. Some federal funds were used to complete that project.
Ґ A section of storm drain on 400 North at about 1150 West was replaced. An old 15-inch line was replaced with a 36-inch line. It was old and rotted out, and created a bottleneck at the bottom of the city, White said.
Ґ This past summer, a water line was replaced along with a rebuild of 700 West from 10th North to Pages Lane. A 6-inch cast iron water line was replaced with an 8-inch PVC line. The old line was more than 50 years old, perforated and no longer functioning well, White said.
The $500,000 cost was paid from city funds.