Each year the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) sends applications to government entities who may wish to apply for Rural Economic Actions Plan (REAP) grant funding. REAP is annually funded by the Oklahoma State Legislature and administered by ACOG. The applications contain a lengthy list of qualifying elements which are rated on a point system, including the county’s current annual budget, cost benefit of the project, amount of local sales tax, area population and average daily traffic.
Each government entity is allowed to submit four applications and prioritize them so that if projects rank closely in points, the most needed can be funded. This year there were 43 applications from government entities requesting $2,317,234.75 for projects. However, only $547,792.00 was available in funding. As you can see, it is a strategic process to get one of four projects funded.
On December 19, 2013, ACOG announced which applications were funded for 2014. Five of the 43 applications were fully funded. Our fourth priority, Midwest Blvd. from CR 76 to 1.3 miles south scored 69 out of a possible 100 points and ranked 6th. As a result it will receive partial funding of $81,629.00.
Preliminary work has started on another project; paving Luther Rd., from Waterloo Rd. to Camp Rd. On Nov. 5 of last year, we conducted interviews with three engineering firms and awarded a contract to Mehlburger Brawley for engineering the six-mile paving project. They have already begun the process of surveying.
Funding for Luther is coming from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Plan (CIRB). The CIRB plan is funded through the Oklahoma State Legislature and is administered by the Oklahoma Cooperative Circuit Engineering Districts Board. On the CIRB 5-year plan, engineering of Luther between Waterloo and Camp is scheduled for 2014, with construction beginning in 2017. Funding for Luther between Camp and SH 105 has also been secured through CIRB as Phase 2 of the project. These 10 miles are part of a plan to provide a north/south corridor through eastern Logan County.