Notice: Gallatin was awarded more than $2.7 million to replace heavy machinery and improve sidewalks.
State Incentives Target Projects Reducing Emissions
The City of Gallatin has been awarded a $2 million State grant that will allow the City to replace 19 old vehicles and pieces of equipment with new ones at 20% of the cost to the City. The project cost is $2,525,000 with the state covering $2 million (80%), and the City of Gallatin contributing $505,000 (20%).
"When we received notice of this opportunity to replace vehicles, we had already been reviewing a replacement schedule in the 2017 fiscal year budget, said Mayor Paige Brown. "This grant will certainly help us expedite some of the necessary replacements and save money."
Funding for replacement of these vehicles has been awarded to the City by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) through a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant. The intent of the grant is to improve air quality and reduce both diesel and gas emissions in certain areas of the state where there is a history of non-attainment.
"We are very frugal when it comes to replacing vehicles - we basically run them until they die," said Zach Wilkinson, Superintendent of Public Works. His department has one of the oldest vehicles submitted for the grant - a 1972 track loader. Other departments with vehicles submitted for the grant include the Fire Department and Parks and Recreation.
The City's grant application requested replacement of more than 50 diesel and gas vehicles with half of them being more than 20-years-old. The following are the 19 vehicles the state approved for replacement.
CMAQ funding was also awarded to expand sidewalks supporting bicycle and pedestrian travel connecting residential areas, public school systems, and shopping centers. The grant will add a sidewalk along the southern right-of-way of U.S. 31E/SR-6, Nashville Pike from Green Wave Drive to Lock 4 Road in Gallatin. The total project cost is estimated to be $980 thousand with grant funding to cover $784 thousand (80%) and a City match of $196 thousand (20%).
The competitive grant process was open to all communities in the 16 counties across the state where emissions are closely monitored by the federal government. One requirement of the grant is that the engines of all the old vehicles being replaced must be destroyed before the City will receive its reimbursement for the new vehicles. The goal is to get the vehicles with the heavier pollutants off the road.