County receives roads grant money
CHESTERTOWN — Gov. Larry Hogan’s office recently announced it has awarded about $38.4 million in grants for local roads in municipalities and counties, with Kent County slated to receive a little more than $100,000.
A news release states this is in addition to the estimated $177 million in highway user revenues local governments across the state will receive for fiscal year 2018.
“Since the beginning of our administration, we have been committed to rebuilding Maryland’s infrastructure and investing in roads and bridges across the state,” Hogan said in the release. “Local jurisdictions rely on these critical funds to address long-overdue projects that will make our roads more reliable and get Marylanders moving again.”
To receive the funding, county and municipal leaders had to sign and return a Transportation Grant Application.
“We thank municipalities for submitting their applications in a timely fashion, so we can get them funding that will make a difference across the state,” Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said in the release.
According to a chart on the Maryland Department of Transportation website, Kent County received $105,117 of the grant funds for FY 2018.
“That money will go toward the general upkeep of our local roads,” County Administrator Shelley Heller said.
Among the municipalities, Chestertown will receive the most funding, with $122,049.93. Rock Hall is slated to receive $50,421.50, Betterton $16,102.49, Galena $14,192.70 and Millington — for its Kent County portion — $12,134.14.
“This funding will help pay for general maintenance and repairs to our streets and roads and hopefully, some much needed bigger street repairs,” Rock Hall Town Clerk/Treasurer Stephanie Loller wrote in an email.
Millington Town Administrator Jo Manning wrote in an email that the town has not had any notification regarding extra money coming its way.
“I’m sure once we receive notification of these funds, we will determine which street/sidewalk project to pursue,” she wrote.
Another chart from MDOT, sent to Chestertown Town Manager Bill Ingersoll, shows the estimated highway user revenues that jurisdictions received for FY 2018.
Highway user revenues are based on the number of miles of road in a jurisdiction. Kent County received $225,251. Betterton got $5,855, Chestertown $45,274.19, Galena $5,161, Millington — again for its Kent County portion — $4,412 and Rock Hall $18,335.
“We use these funds to help run our total street department budget,” Ingersoll wrote.
Manning wrote that the town has only received the highway user revenues so far. She wrote that the revenues will be used to make improvements to Millington streets and sidewalks.