State and Province News October 2010
The Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeal granted a conditional-use permit and variances to the Forest Hills Youth Football and Cheer Association to build temporary football fields and a parking lot on Martin Marietta Materials’ property. According to the Community Press, five conditions were attached to the permit, including a maintenance plan and compliance with stormwater and access management requirements from Hamilton County. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” Doug Evans, who leases the property from Martin Marietta, told the newspaper. Evans approached Martin Marietta about using the property in this way, and the company agreed as long as the plans complied with township zoning regulations.
Oklahoma will be ready with projects if President Obama gets Congress to pass a $50 billion plan to rebuild roads. That’s what Transportation Department Director Gary Ridley told newsok.com. Ridley held a meeting with field division engineers and designers to go over projects in the state’s eight-year construction work plan, which the commission approved in August, to make sure the state could act quickly if additional funds were available. Oklahoma received $465 million of the $787 billion stimulus package approved in 2009. The state’s share of federal monies funded 274 projects. Work has started on 257 projects and 148 were completed by the end of August. Contractors have been paid $376 million (81 percent) of stimulus money. Ridley noted that he would prefer Congress approve a long-term funding bill for transportation.
Kim Freeburn, owner of KD Sand & Gravel, Inc., recently diversified the business by adding U-Haul trucks and trailer rentals to the trucking, sand, and gravel company, the Statesman Journal reports. “I added U-Haul products and services because they would provide supplemental income,” Freeburn said of the change to the business, which was founded in 1949 by her grandfather and great uncle.
Officials in Myrtle Beach hope a Washington, D.C. rally will secure more funding for Interstate 73/74 in a long-term transportation reauthorization bill. The topic was expected to be discussed during a series of meetings planned by the National I-73/74 Corridor Association held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, WIS News 10 reports. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users secured more than $100 million for the project, including $81 million for the South Carolina portion of the project. Representatives from Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina are expected to strategize ways to secure additional funding for the project.
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