CLEARMONT — In continued efforts to bolster the economy in Clearmont, members of Clearmont Town Council decided at their meeting Monday to prepare a five-year capital improvement plan that will prioritize projects and funding.
Mayor Chris Schock said it is his hope that having a plan and sticking to it will enable improvement projects to be completed more efficiently. The CIP will show which projects will use which funds at which time rather than having leadership look at a lump sum of available money and several project descriptions, which can lead to several projects being approached at once.
“Let’s stick with one and get it done and then move on to another one,” Schock said.
Sen. Dave Kinskey, R-Sheridan, posited the idea to prepare a CIP when he attended the meeting Monday. Schock said Kinskey will be instrumental in helping the town of Clearmont seek available grants for projects on their list.
County Grants Administrator Mike Mackey also attended the meeting to walk the council through available funding mechanisms for towns including Capital Facilities Tax funds, grants and loans from the State Loan and Investment Board and the variety of other grants that can be pursued. Mackey will help Clearmont officials with the grant application process, especially figuring out timing.
“Like Mike Mackey said, with grants it takes a while, so we must be patient,” Schock said.
Schock said he has made a few contacts to pursue bids to complete the five-year CIP project. He said as far as he knew, Clearmont has never had a capital improvement plan.
In other business:
• The council approved a resolution to support continuance of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax, up for renewal in the election this fall. Schock said Clearmont does not list out specific uses for the tax, but that it typically supports improvement projects around town.
• Dave Engels from EnTech, Inc., presented his progress on mapping the town of Clearmont and said he should wrap up soon. The mapping, which was paid for with Capital Facilities Tax funds, will show the location of utilities, roads, water pipes, sewer lines and more.
• The council told the Clearmont Historical Group it would help find grant money to obtain a building or property for a historical museum.
• Representatives from the Sheridan County School District 3 Recreation District were at the meeting to ask for help finding grant money to update their building.
• James Stark, pastor at Clearmont Community Church, was appointed to serve on the Juvenile Justice Joint Powers Board.