The City of Sully was awarded a RISE Grant by the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission at its Oct. 8 meeting held in Mason City.  The Sully City Council had approved applying for assistance under the Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) program at its Aug. 12 meeting. With the recent announcement of the Janco Industries business expansion, the City of Sully determined it was necessary to address street improvements for businesses in the business park and along 1st Avenue.

The RISE Grant funds will help defray the city’s costs for the street improvements to 1st Avenue and West 2nd Avenue and a new truck turning intersection at the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue. The total cost of the street improvements is estimated at $403,150. The RISE Grant will pay $195,000 or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is the lesser amount. Sully Councilmembers Chad Fikse and Wes Van Wyk, Sully Development representative Teryl Ver Ploeg, and Garden & Associates engineer Brad Uitermarkt represented the City of Sully at the IDOT meeting.

“Congratulations for all the hard work that went into the successful approval of the Rise Grant for 1st Avenue and the street into the business park,” said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. “What’s so great about this is we are getting our tax dollars back to use locally, and it’s good that the City of Sully is looking at these avenues to pay for local projects.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Sully, and I’m glad to see they were successful in receiving the RISE Grant for the business park project,” Uitermarkt, the city’s engineer, said.

Originally, the grant application also included one of two portions of graveled streets left in the City of Sully, 1st Avenue south of 5th Street.

“Due to the fact that the lots there were already developed and not part of the Janco project, the DOT took them out of the grant process,” Uitermarkt said.

The City of Sully will now have to decide whether to include the 600 feet of 1st Avenue south of 5th Street estimated at $130,000 and the other graveled street in Sully, 325 feet of 7th Street, and associated storm sewer improvements near Sully Construction in the southwest corner of Sully estimated at $275,000 and how to finance paving of the two streets.

The proposed timeline for the project is: RISE Grant application – September 2013 (completed), project survey and design – December 2013 through January 2014, project bid letting – February 2014, and project construction – May through July 2014.