The Evarts City Council received some good news on Tuesday concerning a grant the city received that resulted in some roads being paved.
Mayor Eddie Manning brought the council up to speed.
“We got a lot of streets blacktopped this past week,” Manning said. “In fact it was $100,000 worth of blacktop that we were awarded from the state.”
Manning mentioned the city had just finished paying off a blacktopping bill they had been paying for approximately five years. He said he had spoken to Representative Rick Nelson (D) concerning the road issue.
“He knew we were coming off this blacktop payment, and he knew that we were going to have a hard time blacktopping some of our streets, and we’ve got a lot of streets that were getting in bad shape again,” said Manning. “I asked Rick for a little bit of help, and he was able to secure about $100,000 for us.”
Manning pointed out this allowed the city to pave a lot of streets that had not received blacktop in decades.
“When Cledo (Powers, Evarts City Fire Chief) and I went down to Frankfort, they looked us right in the eyes and said they didn’t give this kind of money to cities for black top,” Manning said. “But they did. We were very appreciative, and I’m sure our citizens are too…we got some roads done here in the city that probably haven’t been blacktopped in 20 or 30 years.”
In other council activity:
• Assistant Police Chief Owen Noe reported the Evarts City Police Department’s Cops 4 Kids program will take place on Saturday. Approximately 18 children will meet at Evarts City Hall at 9 a.m. for the shopping trip to Walmart;
• The city received a favorable audit for the 2015 fiscal year.
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