While communities across the country are hoping to fatten their budgets with pork from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, it appears the city of Hilliard will have to settle for a sliver of economic stimulus pie.

While communities across the country are hoping to fatten their budgets with pork from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, it appears the city of Hilliard will have to settle for a sliver of economic stimulus pie.

Public service director Clyde R. Seidle told Hilliard City Council members Monday night that the city will likely receive less than $200,000 of the $28-million in transportation project funding being administered by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

"We did not have any direct allocations for our projects," Seidle said. "However, they did talk about a $10-million allocation that they are going to allocate for what they call the Fix-It-First program, which is basically a street resurfacing program."

Under that program, Seidle said, every jurisdiction in the MORPC region would receive funding for at least one lane mile of resurfacing.

According to a list of resurfacing projects released at a MORPC workshop Monday afternoon, Hilliard stands to receive $193,746.

Seidle said the city will also have the opportunity to apply for additional funding for resurfacing projects on "federal aid" routes, streets that are not interstate highways or state routes but primary routes or arterials such as Cemetery Road, Hayden Run Road, Avery Road and Main Street.

Seidle said he will spend this week reviewing other pending street resurfacing projects in the city to determine if they meet the criteria for economic stimulus funding. He said he has also scheduled a meeting with MORPC transportation staff members to review those projects.

"We are being given an opportunity to provide additional information on projects that could be federalized," he said. "I'll definitely be looking at our list of eligible projects for the resurfacing program to find out if our timeline will be all right with them."

Seidle said that during his meeting with MORPC officials he plans to bring up the Hilliard Rails to Trails improvement project under MORPC's bike/pedestrian project funding category and the Alton Darby-Cosgray Connector project. He said both of those roads are federal aid roadways that could be eligible for funding.

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