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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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City pledges $29,000 for new sidewalks leading to Suncrest Elementary

First major infrastructure investment of McBarnes’ administration focused on children’s safety

Frankfort, IN – In another achievement of his 100-Day Plan, Mayor Chris McBarnes announced the City is pledging $29,000 to Frankfort Community Schools to build new sidewalks leading to Suncrest Elementary School as the first major community infrastructure improvement of his administration.

Monies from the Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) fund out of this year’s City budget will pay for the sidewalks.

“I am pleased to announce this cooperative partnership between City government and our school system. There is no greater goal than maintaining our children’s safety. New sidewalks enhance the walkability of our community, a major component of my neighborhood revitalization cornerstone.

“Currently, we are working with the School Board to determine the specific sidewalks needing attention. This project demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved by municipal government reaching out to entities in the community and joining forces to enhance the overall quality of life for all residents,” McBarnes said.

Approximately 5,800 feet of new sidewalks will be constructed with the EDIT funds, including areas along Kyger Street, Barner Street and Walsh Avenue. Suncrest Elementary is within Frankfort’s one-mile walk zone. Last year, the School Board instituted full enforcement of the one-mile walk zone, meaning that any students living within one mile of a Frankfort school cannot be transported there by a school bus, thereby requiring students to either walk or be driven to school by a parent or guardian.

According to Frankfort School Board Secretary Carol Bartley, the Board is excited to be partnering with the City to provide the much needed sidewalks for the safety of the walking population.

“The safety of our children is our top priority, so we are pleased to work with Mayor McBarnes to put new infrastructure in place to safeguard our kids’ well-being. We are looking forward to a great partnership with the City on this project and to more opportunities in the future,” Bartley said.

Plans call for the infrastructure project to be bid immediately with an anticipated construction start date of early May.

For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor McBarnes at 654-7332.