By Erik Harris, sports editor
ARGO — The Argo City Council voted on Monday night to apply for an ALDOT grant for some much-needed roadway improvements.
Newly elected councilman Dusty Stinson shed some light on the project Monday, saying the grant would cover 90% of the cost to add a turn lane to Argo Park Drive near the Subway restaurant, install an automatic warning device and widen the nearby railroad crossing from 16 feet to 24 feet.
“This grant is a 10% match from the city, so it’s a pretty good deal,” said Stinson to the council.
Stinson says an exact cost has not yet been provided, but a rough estimate from his state sources lands the project around $300,000. If true, the city would be responsible for a $30,000 cut while the grant covers the remaining $270,000.
The council voted unanimously to apply for the grant.
According to Stinson, the railroad crossing on Argo Park Drive is one of the three most dangerous crossings in the state.
In other business, the Argo City Council also:
- announced the annual Christmas parade will run on Dec. 12 starting at 10 a.m.
- announced that members of the Argo police and fire departments will be handing out candy to kids throughout the city during Halloween night
- provided a reminder that the new council will be sworn in on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.
The next Argo City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.