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State cuts threaten sidewalk repairs

The Town of Pulaski has been “very proactive” in replacing sidewalks in the town, but thanks to new state funding cuts the sidewalk program will have to be suspended, Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said.
Hawley recently expressed relief that the town hadn’t already spent a lot of its state street maintenance funding since it just found out halfway into the fiscal year that its funding will be cut by $51,133.
“That puts us back to the previous year’s level” for street maintenance funds, Hawley told members of Pulaski Town Council. Considering it cost the town more than $30,000 for street clearing during the heavy snowstorm in December, he recommended the town suspend any additional work on sidewalks to offset the lost state funding.
The funding cuts are part of Virginia’s effort to make up for a deficit in projected revenues and are part of Gov. Tim Kaine’s latest effort to bring the state budget under control.
“There’s really nothing we can say except to let our representatives know how we feel about getting (the cuts) in the middle of the year,” Hawley told council.
He noted that the town now has $174,000 left in its street maintenance fund for the rest of the fiscal year.
If snow storms continue to eat into the fund, Hawley said the town will have no choice but reduce street improvements such as paving.
Councilman Morgan Welker asked Hawley “how much sidewalk would that ($51,000 cut) buy?
Hawley said he didn’t have that figure off the top of his head, but he could get it for Welker.

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State cuts threaten sidewalk repairs

The Town of Pulaski has been “very proactive” in replacing sidewalks in the town, but thanks to new state funding cuts the sidewalk program will have to be suspended, Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said.
Hawley recently expressed relief that the town hadn’t already spent a lot of its state street maintenance funding since it just found out halfway into the fiscal year that its funding will be cut by $51,133.
“That puts us back to the previous year’s level” for street maintenance funds, Hawley told members of Pulaski Town Council. Considering it cost the town more than $30,000 for street clearing during the heavy snowstorm in December, he recommended the town suspend any additional work on sidewalks to offset the lost state funding.
The funding cuts are part of Virginia’s effort to make up for a deficit in projected revenues and are part of Gov. Tim Kaine’s latest effort to bring the state budget under control.
“There’s really nothing we can say except to let our representatives know how we feel about getting (the cuts) in the middle of the year,” Hawley told council.
He noted that the town now has $174,000 left in its street maintenance fund for the rest of the fiscal year.
If snow storms continue to eat into the fund, Hawley said the town will have no choice but reduce street improvements such as paving.
Councilman Morgan Welker asked Hawley “how much sidewalk would that ($51,000 cut) buy?
Hawley said he didn’t have that figure off the top of his head, but he could get it for Welker.

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