Committee Receives Update on Overpass Funds

Posted on 19 September 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council’s Economic Development Committee reviewed the status of federal funds allocated to the City of Boone for the Corporal Snedden Drive Overpass project.  City staff updated the Committee on the status of the funds, and also of the city’s obligation to either spend the funds on the proposed project or return the funds.  City Administrator Luke Nelson told Committee members that a recent draw down of funds to pay a bill submitted by WHKS Engineering has extended the deadline to September 2014.  He said the city had been notified prior to the bill from WHKS that the funds were going to be deobligated because progress on the overpass project was not occurring.  Of course, the Council has consistently taken a position that a federal appropriation would be needed to move ahead with the overpass and that is not happening.  City officials say some $365,000 of the appropriation has been spent.  If nothing is spent in the next year, that would be the amount that would need to be reimbursed.  Nelson told the Committee that reimbursement could be negotiated with the Department of Transportation.  He said expenditures that qualify include and environmental, historical or construction engineering for the overpass project.  The project was originally estimated to cost $12 million, but that has probably increased due to inflation.

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