Several projects considered for Logansport TIF funds

The city is one step closer to securing improved Internet access for the Cass/Logan Industrial Park.

On Wednesday, the Logansport Redevelopment Commission agreed to move forward with the installation of coaxial cable for LSI as part of its move into the former Hartz Mountain building. Pending bids for the project, work will begin soon using funds from the industrial park Tax Increment Financing District.

Funds also will be used to extend water and sewer lines along 18th Street. Bill Cuppy of the Cass/Logansport Economic Development Organization has been pursuing funding from the city’s TIF funds for the extension. Earlier this year, TIF funds were approved for the installation of streetlights on 18th Street south of the Wabash River.

During a meeting that lasted more than two hours, commission members discussed the remaining work for the Marathon station project on North Third Street and Logan Square at Third and East Broadway.

The commission also discussed funding for a redevelopment plan for Riverside Park and financing for decorative street lighting at Riverside. Parks Administrator Jan Fawley said she is exploring matching funding for a master plan to address the future use of the park.

Mayor Dave Kitchell said it is possible to secure city lease funding for streetlighting that will install more than 30 streetlights similar to the new LED lights on the boulevard. Kitchell said Utilities Manager Paul Hartman has confirmed that the lights are substandard. Six of the existing lights are not functioning, and the existing lights are not considered part of the city streetlight system. The mayor said installation of the lights would reduce costs to the parks and the lights would be added to the city inventory to allow more funding for the parks.

The commission took both matters under advisement and are expected to act on them at the May meeting.

The commission also agreed to advertise for bids for Streetscape work for the segment of sidewalk on Sixth Street between High and North.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell