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Presentation For Officials
Boosting Collinsville's Grant Application
Jan. 25, 2005
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Hoping for ODOT Matching Grant To Expand Vision 2025 Funds
Meet To Inform Inhofe, Sullivan, Brogdon
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Collinsville city official and interested citizens met Tuesday for a brief lunchtime meeting to help boost Collinsville's interest in Main Street enhancements. State Senator Randy Brogdon and representatives for U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman John Sullivan attended. The main objective for the session was to inform these elected officials of Collinsville's grant application to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) for matching funds to enhance two blocks of Main Street. Collinsville is putting up $191,559 in hopes of receiving an additional $407,061 from ODOT. The initial funds are from Collinville's "beautification" funds from Vision 2025. City leaders stressed the positive potential economical impact this project would have on Collinsville's future. Collinsville's grant application will be competing for funds with Tulsa, Bixby, Claremore, Glenpool, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Tulsa County, Creek County as well as other areas of the state. Many of the competing projects are for trails.
The drawing below was discussed as an example of the many steps Collinsville is taking to enhance the community (even though it is not a part of the grant application above). The City Hall restoration and new Fire/EMS building are already funded by direct Vision 2025 funds. The west end of that same block is also shown with an example of a concept being discussed to remove the old filling station building and create a pocket park with parking that could be available for city, church, library and funeral use.
Two former doorways in the old city hall building were bricked in Tuesday as interior and masonary work continues to match the new floorplan.
Senator Randy Brogdon (center)
Blu Hulsey (from Sen Inhofe's staff) & Erin Conrad (from Congressman Sullivan's office) are show on the right (above).