Grant could help repair Coalville gutters Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff |

Grant could help repair Coalville gutters Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff

Many Coalville residents have waited for years for the City Council to replace deep gutters and curbs on Main Street where unsuspecting motorists often become stuck in snow in the winter.

Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt says the city applied recently for a $2.2 million federal grant from the Utah Department of Transportation. The funds would be used to replace roughly 3,200 linear feet of curbing on Main Street between Chalk Creek Road and 150 South.

"It also would rotomill Main Street and put a new asphalt surface on Main," Schmidt said.

The grant, which would also be used to replace 30 percent of Coalville’s "dilapidated" sidewalks, requires a seven percent match from the city, Schmidt said.

"We’ve got some in-kind services that are going to go into that," he said, adding that matching funds are available.

Meanwhile, Coalville City applied for a second UDOT grant for $200,000 to replace streetlights, park benches, trash containers and to plant trees on Main Street, Schmidt said.

"There was controversy over what we’re trying to do here," the mayor said.

But plans to leave the city’s entryway and not widen Main Street or its sidewalks have helped silence critics, Schmidt said.

He expects to hear soon about a third grant Coalville applied for from Mountainlands Association of Governments for $150,000 to improve storm water management in the city. Other Main Street improvements may not commence until 2009.

"These are big improvements. This will have a direct effect on our economic situation," Schmidt said.

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