County re­ceives roads grant money

Kent County News - - NEWS - By DO­RIAN MITCHELL dmitchell@thekent­coun­

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.

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