Five area community projects will receive state funding through a capital improvement grant State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) originally secured for the 44th District in 2009.
The $750,000 grant was originally secured for upgrades to McGraw Park in Bloomington; however, the City Council decided not to move forward with that project leaving Brady with the responsibility to select new local projects to receive funding.
Assisting Brady in evaluating and selecting new projects to receive the funding was an advisory committee chaired by former Bloomington Mayor Jesse Smart. The committee was tasked with reviewing applications, and providing input on how the state grant could best serve the communities of the 44th District.
When selecting projects, the committee considered several important factors:
- Does the project support residents of the 44th District?
- How many people will be served by the request?
- Is the project a good long-term investment for the community?
- Are other funds available to complete the project, or is this grant the only funding source?
- Are the proper permits and other logistical considerations in place for this project to be considered “ready?”
In a letter to applicants Brady noted, “While many worthy projects were submitted for the committee’s consideration, there were five that, based on the specific criteria, stood out. These projects will help upgrade two Bloomington City parks, build a sea wall on Lake Bloomington for Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, build a new water tower for the Village of McLean, and help remove a hazardous building in Delavan.”
The recommendations of the advisory committee, which Brady has accepted, are as follows:
|Easter Seals-Lake Bloomington Sea Wall
|Sunnyside Park Improvements
|Miller Park Pavilion
|City of Delavan
|Village of McLean
“This grant has provided us with a unique opportunity to make our community a better place to work and live. I believe that the projects selected to receive funding are all good long-term investments that will continue to pay off for many years to come,” said Brady. “Within the General Assembly’s annual State appropriations process, I will be working to ensure these recommendations are included in the enacted FY16 budget so that the grant agreement process can begin.”