SRTS Grant Apps Expected to be Approved by Council Tonight

Two Safe Routes to Schools grants are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which comes after a study session including the council and Kirksville R-3 officials late this afternoon. The city is applying directly for one grant, which would fund sidewalks along the North side of LaHarpe Street from Franklin Street to Baltimore Street, and along the South side of LaHarpe Street from Baltimore to Cottage Grove Place. On behalf o Kirksville R-3 School District, the city will apply for a second grant to fund the “walking school bus” program. The district would use the money hire a director and work with volunteers from local organizations to coordinate the “drivers” of the walking buses. Safe Routes to Schools, a program administered by MoDOT, is currently funding work that’s being done along Cottage Grove, Patterson and Normal Streets.