Jasper Returns $1 Million In Grant Money (AUDIO)



Jasper (NNDC) – A $1 million Indiana Department of Transportation has been returned to the state after the project the money was to be used was put on hold indefinitely.

Back in May, the Jasper City Council put on hold a vote to proceed with the planned “Courthouse Square” project (see/click on photo).  Several reasons were given then to table the project including public feedback and a higher than expected price tag to complete it.

Some members of the council are concerned about the project’s estimated $4.5 million dollar cost given to the council in May by the Jasper Redevelopment Commission.

Last summer, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced grant awards totaling more than $2.8 million for Dubois County, including $1 million each for the cities of Jasper and Huntingburg.  Ferdinand was awarded $362,219.25 and Dubois County received $476,306.22.

The state has informed all local entities that projects connected to last August’s grants must have bids in place by Friday, July 14th.  If that deadline is missed, the grant monies would have to be returned to the state.

Jasper City Councilman John Bell who is also a member of the Jasper Redevelopment Commission said Wednesday night, the $1 million grant for the ‘Courthouse Square’ project was returned to the state earlier this week.

The city can reapply for the grant if the project is resurrected. Bell says the next step for the project is getting the City Council’s approval as it would need to approved matching funds for any state grant the project would get in the future…

All other projects in Huntingburg, Ferdinand and in the county that were funded in full or in part by INDOT grants have been completed or are currently underway except for one.

The City of Huntingburg has already returned $70,000 of its INDOT grant money after the city council held off plans to repave a section of 12th Street.

The project was put on hold after it was determined the project was going to cost the city more than first anticipated.

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