Leaders also may choose to dip into city EDIT dollars, which have accumulated to a projected $1.56 million in 2014. He explained they have been hoarding that money. “We’re very conservative. We want to save it for major projects.”
What can citizens and businesses do to get a better Merkel Road? “Contact the commissioners,” suggested the mayor. “We showed them through data and statistics we have a large financial impact on the county ...
“We want to partner with the county. I can understand their situation, but they need to understand ours. It’s all about creating jobs.”
Once the project’s total dollar amount is locked in, “there’s some legwork we have to do,” such as utilities relocation and easements, before construction can begin. He wants that to be “as soon as we can.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.