Wellman looking at safe routes
WELLMAN — Like Kalona, Wellman is looking at joining the Safe Routes to School project, including seeking funds from the state program. The application deadline is Friday, March 1, and Wellman Mayor Ryan Miller and City Administrator Nick Pacha have been working on it.
Aiding Wellman with the plan is Angie Boyse, director for the Y facility at Parkside Activities Center; Jake Thorius, county engineer; and Lynn Fisher, Washington County Public Health nurse.
A preliminary study was done last April to determine where sidewalks needed to be installed. The final plan calls for seeking $150,000 in grant funds to build one from Parkside to Wellman Elementary School, as well as repainting the Highway 22 crosswalk at Seventh Street and installing digital speed signs.
Successful applications will be notified in June.
Wellman is also seeking a grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) to upgrade restrooms facilities at North Park and also for funding from the Heritage Agency on Aging to help with the city’s Senior Dining program.
A public hearing for the city’s fiscal year budget for 2013-14 will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 at the city hall.