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MJ tabs funds for Greenway

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By TOMI L. WILEYSpecial to The Wilson PostMT. JULIET -- The City of Mt. Juliet last week received approval for funding to cover inspection costs for the West Division Greenway project, city officials said, and is one of only three entities to receive the funding.Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said the Metro Planning Organization executive board approved up to $50,000 to be used for inspection work for the greenway project. He said a surplus of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds supplies the funding, and that amount “should cover all” of the inspection required when utilizing Federal funds, which the City is using for the greenway.Only three projects were approved for use of the surplus funds, including a bridge project in Springfield and funding to the Regional Transportation Authority for buses damaged in the recent floods. The RTA received some $30 million in damages, Robertson said, so it was fortunate that the Mt. Juliet greenway project received funding to cover the costs as well.    “This just shows that we are passionate about our greenway system,” Robertson said, “and that others are seeing the value of what Mt. Juliet is trying to do.”Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.
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