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City of Lee's Summit >> Budget, Finances, Grants, and Taxes >> Stimulus Funding
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Economic Stimulus Bill Follow-Up

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law on February 17, 2009.  More commonly known as the Economic Stimulus Bill, it is the largest single infusion of cash into the economy in American history – over $787 billion.

Of this amount, $575 billion is being directed to state and local governments, as well as various agencies, for immediate spending in the following areas:

The primary focus of the Economic Stimulus Bill, in addition to creating jobs and quickly stimulating the economy, is to support green initiatives and environmental sustainability and to promote transparency in government.  With this later point in mind, this web page has been created to show the status of Economic Stimulus funds that the City has either applied for, or may directly benefit.  

This page only serves to provide information to interested parties.  The City is obligated to fulfill all reporting requirements as provided for with each City funding application.


Transportation Infrastructure

$27.5 billion has been set aside for highway infrastructure investment across the nation.  Sixty-seven percent of this amount has been distributed directly to state governments.  Missouri received $510 million for highway projects state-wide. 

  • Widening of Missouri Highway 150 
    $17 million has been designated for the widening of M-150 through Lee’s Summit from its western border to M-291.  This project is being administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Please see the Missouri Department’s website at www.modot.org/arra/

Thirty percent of the $27.5 billion set aside for highway infrastructure investment was distributed directly to the various metropolitan planning organizations across the nation.  The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) received just over $49 million for the Kansas City metropolitan area - $27 million for Missouri and $22 million for Kansas.

  • Partial Funding of the Todd George Road Extension
    $1,176,191 has been awarded to the City of Lee’s Summit for the partial funding of the Todd George Road Extension from Colbern Road north to Woods Chapel Road.

    -   Construction began in September 2010 and the project is anticipated to complete in summer of 2011.

Three percent of the $27.5 Billion set aside for highway infrastructure investment was designated for transportation.

  • Walking Trail Along Todd George Road
    $154,541 has been awarded for the construction of a walking trail along Todd George Road from Langsford Road to McKee Street.

    -    This project has been constructed.

Transit Funding

The Economic Stimulus Bill designated $5.52 billion in stimulus funding for Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Programs across the nation.

  • Lee’s Summit Urbanized Area transit program (UZA) Allocation
    $1 million has been allocated to the City of Lee’s Summit’s UZA.  This money is to be used for capital purposes only and must be designated by April of 2010.

    -    The City was denied the use of these funds toward the purchase of the abandoned Rock Island Rail Road line through Lee’s Summit and the City is now considering the use of funds to improve the existing Park and Ride facility located near the interchange of US 50 Highway and Chipman Road.  These improvements would include bus shelters, signing, and decorative fencing.

Energy / Environment

Authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program was funded for the first time this year through a $3.2 billion allocation from the Economic Stimulus Bill.  Modeled after the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the EECBG is intended to provide funding to states, local governments and Indian tribes for programs that reduce energy use, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve energy efficiency.  

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
    The City of Lee’s Summit has received $762,000 as a direct allocation for the EECBG program based on population.  The City identified several projects for funding through this program and has been approved for the following projects:

    o    Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategic Plan - $80,000
    o    Synchronization of Traffic Signals along Chipman Road from Pryor to M-291 – $413,632.
    o    Conversion of Remaining Traffic Signals from Incandescent to LED fixtures - $60,000.
    o    Energy Efficiency Renovations to Harris Park Community Center – $140,000.
    o    Hartman Park Electrical Infrastructure replacement - $50,000.
    o    Support of Development of Regional Strategic Plan and Resource Program - $19,068.

The Economic Stimulus Bill has allocated $300 million through the Department of Energy to state and local governments for the purchase of alternative fuel cars.

  • Hybrid Vehicles
    The City has made application to the Department of Energy for partial funding of four hybrid vehicles for the Police Department.  These would be non-emergency vehicles.

    -    Application was approved by Department of Energy and Metropolitan Energy center a total of $8000 received for the partial funding of four 2010 hybrid Ford Escape vehicles which were put into service June 2010.   Currently in the monitoring stage for fuel economy. 

The Economic Stimulus Bill has allocated $300 million through the Environmental Protection Agency to state and local governments for the installation of particulate filters in existing diesel engines.

  • Particulate Filters 
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued criteria for this program.  Funds are only applicable for vehicles built prior to the 2003 model year.  All of Lee’s Summits diesel on road vehicles are low emissions 2004 or newer and would not benefit from the retrofit of these particulate filters, for the three trucks that are pre-2003 these are slated for replacement within the year and will be disposed of before the grant funding is actual available. 

Water Infrastructure

$2 billion has been allocated to states through the Environmental Protection Agency for various drinking water infrastructure improvements.   

  • Relocation of water line along M-150
    The City applied for $1.75 million through the State of Missouri Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund to pay for the relocation of an existing water line as part of the Missouri 150 widening project.

    -     Application was submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, but failed to rank high enough against other projects to receive stimulus funds – May 2009.  

$4 billion has been allocated to states through the Environmental Protection Agency for wastewater infrastructure improvements, mitigation of non-point source pollution, and watershed management.

  • Various City Wastewater Projects
    The City applied for $38.5 million through the State of Missouri Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund to pay for various wastewater projects including construction of a flow holding basin and construction of a sewer system.

    -    Application was submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, but failed to rank high enough against other projects to receive stimulus funds – May 2009.

Police / Fire

 

The City submits application for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant annually.  The City was awarded $15,239 as part of the annual grant program for 2009.  In addition, as part of the Economic Stimulus funding, the City received a one-time amount of $62,699.  These combined funds, totaling $77,938 were used to fund one police officer, officer training, equipment and other associated costs.

$225 million was designated to the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution.

  • STOP Violence Against Women Grant
    The City applied for $400,000 through the STOP Violence Against Women grant.

Housing

$1 billion has been allocated through the Economic Stimulus Bill to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

  • CDBG –Reinvestment Grant
    The City of Lee’s Summit received $84,118 as an additional allocation for its 2008-2009 CDBG Annual Action Plan.  This money was designated to fill existing sidewalk gaps at various locations in and around the downtown area.  These missing sections in the current sidewalk system were identified and recommended as future sidewalk improvements in the City’s recently completed sidewalk study.  This project was proposed for CDBG funding through the 2009-2010 program year, but did not rank high enough to receive the limited funding.  These improvements are located in the City’s low-to-moderate income area and their completion will directly benefit the area residents.

    -    As required by HUD, a public input period was held on this project from May 28 through June 5, 2009.    
    -    HUD has approved the City’s proposed sidewalk improvements project.
    -    It is anticipated that these improvements will be completed in late fall and early winter of this year.

$3 billion has been allocated for the modernization and development of public housing facilities around the country.  These funds are for identifiable projects that can be completed with 120 days of distribution.

  • Lee’s Summit Housing Authority
    The Lee’s Summit Housing Authority received $173,194.

Health Care / Social Services

The City was not eligible for any of these programs. 


Rural Development

The City was not eligible for any of these programs.