Streator has tested one block of “streetscape” for two years. It’s getting a grant to add five more so they run along Main St. from Wasson St. to the Vermilion River.
Council members are aware they’ll multiply the maintenance load by six. Council member Tara Bedei says the garden club taking care of the first block probably isn’t ready to take on five more.
In any case, the city’s preparing its final plans to put out for bids so there’ll be more plants, light poles, signs, and new brick ribbon on the sidewalks. City Manager Scot Wrighton wants to get all the work done next year.
Wrighton says the state is providing $479,000 in grant money. The city will add about $120,000.