Delphi hits roadblock after not receiving Community Crossings Grant

A lot of work and not enough money, that's the latest roadblock in the city of Delphi after they learned they won't get a 2019 Community Crossings Grant.

Posted: Nov 16, 2018 10:51 PM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — A lot of work and not enough money, that's the latest roadblock in the city of Delphi after they learned they won't get a 2019 Community Crossings Grant.

The city of Delphi is working to fix more than 21 miles of roadway. The next project on the list was supposed to be reconstruction of Samuel Milroy Road and Dodge Street. However Mayor Shane Evans said those plans have to be pushed back.

"As I understand, there just wasn't enough money in the state of Indiana to go around, I believe there was about $237 million that communities applied for but there was only $100 million to go around," said Evans. 

Evans said that's a problem because the city's general fund budget for the year is about $2.2 million and the cost of this project is close to $1.5 million.

"Without state funding it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this project and continue to maintain other roads if we were paying for it 100 percent ourselves," said Evans. 

The situation has drivers like Bonnie Clevenger concerned.

"I want to know where all the money is going that we pay in taxes you know it makes you wonder what's going on," said Clevenger. 

Evans said the next step is to re-apply and remain hopeful.

"Sooner or later the city of Delphi should have our opportunity to be awarded grant funds."

INDOT will open applications for Community Crossings on January 7. If awarded, the city would recieve the grant money in 2020.

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