Sidewalk will be built using block grant funds.
By Clellie Allen
ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners gave their approval Monday to accept a $476,096 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a project to install a sidewalk along East Young Street from Pulley Road to just past New Bethel Baptist Church. In doing so, they committed to match funds up to $119,024 out of the town’s Thoroughfare Reserve Fund.
CDBG funds are administered by the federal government, and are difficult to come by. Some years ago, Wake County and the Wake municipalities, except Cary and Raleigh, decided to work together and apply for grants as one and split the funds evenly across all jurisdictions.
The last CDBG project was School Street in 2011, and although small, has been “a tremendous asset to those families at the end of School Street and also to Rolesville Elementary School,” according to town manager Bryan Hicks.
When Wake County staff contacted the town about the next project, town staff chose East Young Street to help fix persistent problems with storm drainage, bank erosion and right-of-way maintenance issues.
Additionally, Rolesville remains committed to making the town as pedestrian friendly as possible.
CDBG grants must address low-income areas. East Young Street divides two census tracts and only the section on the northeastern side of East Young qualified.
The entire project is estimated to cost $595,120. The CDBG grants are based on an 80-percent/20-percent cost sharing between the grant and the receiving municipality, so Rolesville’s 20-percent is about $119,000.
While commissioners did not voice concerns with taking the necessary money from the thoroughfare funds, they are hoping to get additional help from N.C. Department of Transportation as NCDOT is responsible for correcting right-of-way issues along the roadway.