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By Tim Leeds 

County meetings set for next week on $25 million infrastructure grant proposal

 


The Hill County government is inviting residents to two meetings to discuss what could be done with millions of dollars in federal funding to work on infrastructure in the county

Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson said in a release that the county is planning to apply for a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, Transportation Discretionary Grant program.

“This is a huge task to take on, but it is an opportunity we cannot pass up,” Peterson said .

The Department of Transportation BUILD Grants webpage says the grants, formerly known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, Discretionary Grants, allow the department to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives.

Congress has dedicated nearly $7.1 billion for 10 rounds of national infrastructure investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact, the page says.

Peterson said the commission wants to collect public input on the grant proposal, and is holding meetings 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday both in the Community Center on the Great Northern Fairgrounds, and will be holding other meetings in the future.

“I encourage the public to attend this meeting and get informed,” Peterson said.

 

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