In a brief noontime meeting called by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis on Wednesday, city leaders unanimously passed a resolution supporting a construction project for Shilling Street to the state highway.
The city will submit the project request to the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) in hope of getting federal aid for the project which is estimated to cost about $1,835,000. The city will be required to pay matching funds of $134,690.
City treasurer Heather Schild said that the money to cover the $134,690 would be available from state funds allocated to the street department and carried over from past years. She said it won't be necessary to reopen the budget.
Loomis said this stretch of Shilling Street (from Walker Street to North Bridge) is the priority for being redone, "because the gutter system has become inoperable."
Councilman Chris Jensen agreed, adding, "This is not the only street in town, but it is the only one with a high crown in middle at this point."
Loomis will sign the the project packet and submit to LHTAC for consideration by today's deadline. Loomis said it will likely be this fall before city leaders hear if the project has been approved for funding or not. If approved, the Shilling Street construction will begin in the spring/summer of 2015.