I would first like to welcome all our students back for another amazing year of learning. As some of you know, McLoud Public Schools has been working on a 2023 Capital Improvement plan. This proposal for the bond needed to enact this plan will be on the September 12th ballot, so be sure to check out their website for details as the school is a very important part of our community.
As the summer begins to wind down, remember to make it by the splash pad as Memorial Weekend will mark the closing of the splash pad for the season. We have been gathering quotes on some possible improvements to the pad so stay tuned for possible council action on this matter.
Also on the road to success are….well, roads! We have been working with the council and the engineers on some plans to tackle some of our worst roads. Although we don’t have a great deal of funding in McLoud, we have allocated more to the streets budget than ever before. Additionally, have reviewed our road standards and hope to evaluate all 61 miles of road in McLoud City Limits with a standardized evaluation process. This will help us single out the worst of the worst so that we can start the engineering process which will lead to replacement as the funds allow. The council has already approved us to go out for bids on a portion of 8th Street as soon as it is engineered. We are also working with a grant writer at Parkhill who will be assisting us with CDBG and REAP grant applications for some extra road funds in the coming year. In conjunction with the road replacement, we have hired a new crew member who has had previous road repair experience. We will start him leading the charge to work on patching roads that are still in fair condition.
We are still working on other big infrastructure projects as well. Our I-40 sewer project is progressing nicely, and we are currently wrapping up easement acquisition. The next steps will include the bid process and then construction. The I-40 project also includes a forced water line relocation through ODOT to accommodate the widening of the interstate. We have recently gained ODOT approval for the engineering and we will be bidding out that job as well. Back in the downtown area, we are on the list to be funded for a $1,000,000 sewer line rehabilitation project through ARPA funds. We will be looking to replace as much of the old clay sewer line as possible along with the old brick manholes. This will be a massive improvement to our sewer system that will reduce clogs, infiltration, root penetration and breakages leading to a much more reliable system that will last many more years.
As always, thanks for being "McLoud Proud!"
We are proud to announce that our new extrication equipment is here and ready for use! Chief Jenkins and his firefighters spent the afternoon learning the new equipment. We would like to thank the McLoud City Council for this purchase and I assure you that these tools in the hands of our firefighters will save lives.