VOL. 129 | NO. 142 | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Local Projects Win State Grant Money
By Bill Dries
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.
The announcement along the Walker Avenue section of the University District, which is being renovated with state transportation grants, was part of a schedule of appearances this week in Shelby County and West Tennessee.
And it drew five mayors who were on hand to accept the grant money.
Haslam was to speak at the joint luncheon of the Arlington and Lakeland Chambers of Commerce Wednesday afternoon and award more grant checks in Brownsville with No Till Field Day in Milan on his schedule Thursday followed by groundbreaking for a new state Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads.
The Shelby County grants from the state departments of transportation and environment and conservation include $458,830 for phase two of the Walker Avenue renovation for new curbs and gutters and pedestrian lighting in the business district. The overall project includes a realignment of Patterson Street on the eastern end of the district and some fencing along the railroad tracks.
A $208,000 grant to the city of Germantown is for a hay barn pavilion at Bobby Lanier Farm Park that can serve as an event center.
There is also $250,000 for athletic fields at the new Forrest Street Park in Arlington.
The other grants are $250,000 for the Wolf River Greenbelt Trail in Collierville, which includes two pedestrian bridges and a wildlife observation deck as well as a trailhead.
Another $250,000 grant will add solar thermal systems to the Shelby County Corrections Center on housing units at the prison to heat water. The project also includes an ozone laundry system that conserves natural gas and water. Inmates at the prison will be trained installation and maintenance of both types of systems.