Normal is looking to adopt a community investment plan. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - One of the steps Normal's Town Council takes before considering its annual budget is the list of where dollars will be spent.
The town council Monday night will consider adopting the community investment plan, which includes 125 capital projects to be done over five years totaling almost $55 million.
"Now obviously many of those projects are included for funding, others are needs that may exist in the community but at this point we have not identified funding sources," City Manager Mark Peterson said.
Projects slated for 2013 include renovations to the old city hall, a Broadway Avenue bridge replacement, a traffic signal at Airport and Raab Roads, the relocation a water main at the Main Street bridge and several park projects.
"It's fair to say our flexibility is a little bit limited, again because of the economy, the tight budget environment we're in. But on the other hand, there are a lot of improvements that we have programmed to be undertaken in the next five years," Peterson said.
The CIP does include the $500,000 state grant for parks projects in the community. Peterson said if the town doesn't get that money, the council will have to reconsider what to do for those projects.
Before the council meets in regular session, there is a work session at 5:30 p.m. The council will get an update on the proposed Uptown One project including financing and projected town financial support.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com.