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Linden approves fireworks purchase, grant application

The Linden City Council approved purchasing ChiLLy Fest 2020 fireworks for $6,000 from J&M Displays during the Feb. 18 meeting.

The city council also agreed to apply for an ALDOT grant for the department’s Transportation Alternatives Set-aside Program (TAP) for Fiscal Year 2021. TAP projects must provide or enhance routes for non-drivers or nonmotorized transportation users such as cyclists.

“There’s some options that we could possibly look at that would help the flow of foot traffic,” Public Works Director Terry Tyson said.

While there is no set amount to be awarded, the city could apply for up to $800,000 with an 80/20 match from the City of Linden, meaning ALDOT would provide $640,000 in funding and the city would provide $160,000 should that be the amount that is approved.

Part of the council’s interest in TAP is the ability to have the funded project complement the work done by the Marengo County Extension Office as part of its own grant-funded ALProHealth projects designed to combat obesity in the county, which to date have included striping Shiloh Street to add a bike/walking lane and plans to add additional signage and lighting, as well as connecting Main Street and 6th Avenue with a crosswalk.

The city council’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. The date was changed from Tuesday, March 3 due to the election.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, February 26 issue of the Demopolis Times.)