• Arcadia stimulus money


    by Winston Chua

    The federal government in thespring awarded the city of Arcadia with around $2.7 million, the bulk of whichis to be used for street and road repair. About $530,000 is to be used forenergy efficiency projects in city hall, including making air condition andheating systems more efficient as well as putting in dual glazed windows. Thenew windows will retain heat in the winter and reduce heat gain in the summer. Around$200,000 will also be used for further energy rehabilitation and theimprovement of senior citizen homes.

    Likesimilar stimulus moneys, the offering is a one time grant. So what is Arcadiagoing to do with the money? They are already underway with repaving the roadsthat run near the perimeter of Longden Road, Santa Anita Avenue and Live OakAvenue. They will also be repaving roads up Santa Anita Avenue from FoothillBoulevard to the city’s northern limit and also working along Duarte Road fromSanta Anita Avenue to El Monte Avenue.

    Whilethe grant may seem like more than a drop in the bucket, the state has alreadytaken $1.3 million worth of redevelopment money and property tax money which isthe state’s to keep unless the city, through legal action, can reclaim it. Thatis according to Arcadia City Manager Don Penman.

    Repavingthe road is important especially where handicapped portions of streets areinvolved, as well as where there are broken gutters or cracks that affectdrainage.

    Despitethe stimulus success, Arcadia was denied more money for city police enforcementor a new fire department training facility or a new city hall.

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