Each year as money is available, the legislature sets aside a certain amount of funding for the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP).
The purpose of REAP is to offer cities, counties and less populated towns an opportunity to fund infrastructure projects. Each year Logan County applies for this grant money through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG).
In December 2010, ACOG received 65 eligible applications from various entities seeking a share of the $589,023.94 allocated by the legislature for REAP.
The three Logan County road districts were among the applicants. Each had projects which made the list ACOG recommended for funding. The applications were ranked and scored by ACOG staff, with points given for population, local effort, project readiness and other criteria.
Projects included $30,724 for road repair on Macarthur north of Waterloo in District 1, $58,887.49 for chip seal on Santa Fe north of wy 33 in District 3, and an alternate project in District 2 for $100,000 of road repair on Post Rd. from SH105 to Industrial Rd. Funding for the District 2 project will depend on whether ACOG de-obligates money from previous REAP projects.
This month, ACOG will be mailing contract agreements to Logan County for projects which were funded. These must be signed by the Board of Commissioners and returned to ACOG. Once we receive an order to proceed, we can begin preparation for making the scheduled road improvements.
Logan County has benefited significantly from REAP funding in the past and we are glad county residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the result of the county’s participation in this program once again.