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Grant to fund new sidewalks: 2.3 miles near schools

March 1, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Some students walking to school in Cape Coral will have a safer route in a couple of years, thanks to a grant to build more sidewalks.

Cape Coral City Council on Monday will look to approve a plan to build sidewalks on the north and south side of Trafalgar Parkway from Southwest 16th Court to Southwest 22nd Court, and on Southwest 20th Avenue/Nott Road from Trafalgar Parkway to Southwest Pine Island Road.

The 2.3-mile project would be funded through an FDOT grant for $729,412 and would benefit students who attend Trafalgar Elementary and Middle schools.

The city had for years sought grant funding for the project. In 2016, the city partnered with the Lee County School District and applied for a Safe Routes to School grant to build sidewalks.

The FDOT approved the funding to design the improvements, this year with construction happening in 2021. The project will be built using in-house crews. Construction is expected to begin once the city's utility expansion project is completed in the area, which should be by the end of 2019.

Also on the concert agenda Monday is a proposal to increase the city's marketing efforts.

The city's Economic Development Office will seek $195,000 for the marketing services of Farnham & Associates for one year, with the option for two more years.

Connie Barron, city spokesperson, said such contracts are not unusual for the EDO, which has worked with Farnham & Associates for several years.

The contract calls for an increase.

"Some of it has to do with doing advertising in certain magazines, doing the copy for that and things along those lines," Barron said of the increase. "This contract is definitely higher than the previous one, but that's because they've changed some things Council wanted to see to the marketing program."

The original contract amount with the firm was $130,000 but reduced by half during the economic downtown by the then-sitting city manager.

The contract on the consent agenda is based on hourly rates with the $195,000 estimate based on the EDO work plan put out to requests for proposal.

Farnham & Associates will provide ad, video and collateral development, media buying, web site maintenance, newsletter development, eBlasts, and social media activities related to business recruitment/ retention, tourism, image and outreach for the EDO, agenda material states.

Cape Coral City Council's regular meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. City Hall is at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.



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