Wichita Falls Could Move Forward with Two Transportation Projects

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UPDATE: The city will ask the board to provide a 20 percent match in order to lock in the grant funding. 
 
 
Wichita Falls City Councilors could ask the 4B Sales Tax Corporation Board to provide a 20 percent match in order to lock in grant funding at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 
 
Wichita Falls could receive grants that could pave the way for a sidewalk and handicap ramps along a busy section of Kemp Boulevard — between Midwestern Parkway and Southwest Parkway. 
 
The grants could also fund the next portion of the city’s circle trail, from the Wichita Bluffs to Loop 11. 
 
The trail has been in the works for a while and will eventually make a 23 mile loop around the city.
 
“The circle trail has been composed almost of entirely grants,” Jack Murphy, Parks and Recreation Director, said. “Some 14 grants have been received over the last 25 years for the project.” 
 
The city would have to provide a 20 percent match in order to lock in the grant funding, and that is why city leaders are looking into asking the 4B Sales Tax Corporation board for the majority of that money at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 
 
“The 4B Sales Tax Corporation does a lot of quality of life improvement type projects and a lot of parks improvement type projects,” Deputy City Manager, Jim Dockery said. 
 
The grants are worth about $1.8 million.
 
“So all and all, I believe it’s about $415,000 that the city would be asking the 4B Corporation to assist us in matching those federal funds,” Dockery said. 
 
The city may also match part of the grants with $81,000 from special park revenue funds. 
 

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