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|Hare Earmarks Millions for Monmouth Projects
|A local Congressman is trying to set aside nearly $2.5 million for projects that could help improve the City of Monmouth.
17th District Representative Phil Hare is requesting $1.2 million be included in the federal budget for next fiscal year to remove methane gas from waste water in order to power other area city buildings, and another $1.2 million in order to widen part of West Broadway to improve traffic flow and increase safety on that route.
Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies tells WGIL the methane gas removed from the waste water treatment plant could have been used to sell back into the electrical grid, but that came with some hang-ups. "The reason we would use it to power our waste water treatment plant, is that we'll have the need right there," Davies said. "There's a lot of hurdles and a lot of challenges to overcome if we try to sell the power back to the grid. It's the most efficient way to use it, and we'll be able to use all of it."
Davies also hopes to hear about possible money earmarked in next year's budget about the proposed widening of West Broadway Street in Monmouth from the 200-block of Broadway to Sunny Lane, which is approximately 10 blocks. The route encompasses two grade schools and the high school in town which places children in daily danger due to confined traffic and a lack of quality crossings. If granted, Davies says signal upgrades and a proposed pedestrian activated crossing would be possible.
Davies says the road has been in this shape for a long time but upgrades have been requested because money is now available to utilize for payments.
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