The town of Coldwater will use its US bailout money for infrastructure in the new year.
Unlike small towns, the city has a lot of projects that it can finance. It needs improved water and sewer services for the growing housing north of the United States 12 in the Second Ward.
Mayor Tom Kramer said: “There is a lot of infrastructure work that needs to be done.”
Coldwater received half of its population-based grant from the American Rescue Plan. The total will be $ 1,206,090 based on its population of 12,215, which includes prisoners from Lakeland Corrections.
One project you can expect is the completion of the west sides of Four Corners Park, according to Kramer.
“I am quite confident that the other two quadrants will be dealt with in the spring and next summer. It has always been in the plans,” he said.
For more than a decade, rebuilding and updating the city’s central park was a goal. The east sides were completed this year at a cost of over $ 450,000.
“We did the more expensive ones first, and the other two weren’t as numerous,” Kramer said.
The city plans to build a new bathroom in the lane between the Tibbits parking lot and South Monroe Street for Hops on Monroe and festivals.
“It should be done this winter,” the mayor said.
The city also wants to build a full-size adult soccer field near the Heritage Park Dog Park.
The key for January is to find a new director for the Board of Public Utilities. The city hopes to have someone in place by the end of January. Jeff Budd resigned last fall, but continues to consult until someone new is hired for the job.
In 2022, CBPU must decide to spend millions to build a new 50 MW natural gas production plant near Fiske and Newton Roads.
CBPU would own a share of the plant for generations of the state. The city is also looking to contract for renewable solar power. He had planned to buy electricity from an existing project, but the price got higher than he was supposed to pay.
Kramer said the city is expected to have several hundred thousand tax and licensing revenue from more than a dozen recreational marijuana retail outlets.
The mayor and council have set aside these funds for special projects benefiting the community. There were discussions about launching and storing kayaks, as well as some marina slides near Rotary Park on the Coldwater River.
“We can open it up to suggestions from citizens,” Kramer said of the use of taxes and fees on marijuana.
He said the city had taken a major step in downtown revitalization by accepting the National / Federal Main Street program.
The improvements to the entrance road along US 12 will be reunited in 2022.
The mayor is hoping the Downtown Development Authority will lend funds from the Children’s Museum to return to West Chicago Street. She wants to renovate the first floors of the old Taylor building, owned by the DDA.
“He could pay them back rather than trying to get another loan. (The DDA) has the money,” he said. As for hopes of reviving downtown retail, “that just isn’t happening in most places.” The museum has been a draw for the community.
Kramer said the city center will grow slowly in the future with the conversion of existing spaces into housing. This will bring business and services to residents.
There is still vacant space downtown with the Two Bandits Brewery open and a planned billiard room in Wilber’s old building.