Delta makes wish list for missile-related projects

Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Delta Junction plans to ask the federal government for more than $13.5 million in Title 10 funding to mitigate the impacts of the National Missile Defense Test Bed Project at Fort Greely.

Capital projects account for $9.58 million, while programs and salaries total $3.97 million of the fiscal 2002 request.

The amount is about $4.5 million more than the $9 million figure recently bandied about in discussion between National Missile Defense officials and Mayor Roy Gilbertson. If all or part of the money is included in a federal appropriations bill, it could become available later this year.

The council's request, expected to go to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens by Friday, will include $3.5 million for a new landfill and $2.8 million to study and design new city buildings, including a public recreation center, fire station, city hall and library.

The city is seeking another $1.5 million to pave 20 miles of the city's 29 miles of roads. An additional $500,000 would be used to keep Fort Greely School heated and maintained.

Other requests include $130,000 for a new ambulance, $493,112 for a fire station with foam capability at the city's airport and $175,000 for improvements at Delta's Visitors Center. Another $75,000 would be used to convert the building at the old city landfill into a heated garage to house a fire truck.

The plan, completed by city council members on Tuesday, includes a ballpark figure of $1.5 million to be channeled through the state Division of Health and Human Services. State officials were completing that wish list Wednesday.

According to Pete Hallgren, economic development director for the city, the federal funds may be passed through the state, which will also be largely responsible for a 10 percent match. City funds and in-kind commitments -- like land -- will likely make up the remainder, Hallgren said.

The request, which was completed with the help of consultants with Hegarty and Associates of Fairbanks, includes long-range funding requests through fiscal year 2005.

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