A proposal to spend $207,500 to build several new sidewalk projects in the community won approval from city commissioners at Tuesday evening's meeting.
Commissioners approved the project, which will use Community Development Block Grant funding to build new sidewalks in several areas, including: on 15th Street between Haskell and Harper; on the west side of Haskell between 15th and 23rd streets; and on the east side of North Seventh Street near Lyons Park.
Commissioners also agreed to distribute the federal Community Development Block Grant money to several nonprofit organizations. They include: Brook Creek Neighborhood Association: $5,626; East Lawrence Neighborhood Association: $6,211; North Lawrence Improvement Association: $4,170; Oread Neighborhood Association: $9,901; Pinckney Neighborhood Association: $2,840; Douglas County AIDS Project; $4,000; Housing and Credit Counseling: $25,000; Lawrence Community Shelter: $23,000; and the Salvation Army: $29,000.
The city received $1.1 million in CDBG money for 2008, which is about $200,000 more than the city received in 2007.