TxDOT says ‘no’ to sidewalks
Directors of the Rockdale Municipal Development District, meeting Thursday at City Hall, found out the MDD’s request for a $2.5 million grant was not approved for TxDOT funding through its Transportation Enhancement Program.
The MDD would have had to come up w ith just under $750,000 as its matching share of the 80-20 state program.
Under the proposal, new sidewalks would have been installed along US 79 in the downtown area and also along Main Street, linking the I&GN Depot-Museum and Kay Theatre.
The p roject w ould h ave a lso included improved lighting and park benches.
Downtown appearance was a major priority of the 2012 Downtown Master Plan.
TxDOT did decide to fund 81 projects, out of 267 applications, totaling $91 million.
No projects were funded inside the Bryan TxDOT district, which includes Rockdale.
Closest project to Rockdale receiving funding was a $1.38-million bicycle-pedestrian corridor along Texas 95 in Taylor.
In other business Thursday the MDD:
• Shifted the site of the third Rockdale gateway sign (western portal on US 79) to a location near Rockdale General Store.
• Received a draft proposal of a Rental Assistance Program designed to provide financial assistance to new businesses during their first months of operation. The finalized draft of the program will be prepared by attorneys.
• Okayed an additional 45 days for Miller-Starnes Chevrolet Buick on the recent facade improvement grant received by the business in connection with its remodeling plans.
• Decided to take a potential problem with foundation settling in the Patterson Civic Center before the city council before proceeding with any renovation program.
• Took no action after an executive session.