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City of Jonesboro applying for federal transportation grant

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The City of Jonesboro is applying for a grant from the U-S Department of Transportation that would be used for the purchase of five hybrid gas and electric trolley style buses. If it is approved, the funds from the grant would be used to replace an aging fleet of JETS buses in Jonesboro. Running on electric, the buses could run over 300 miles between charging. The grant would be over 746 thousand dollars in federal funds, with a match of 131-thousand dollars from the city of Jonesboro. Three of the buses would hold 28 passengers and two of the buses would hold 30 passengers. The buses could be used for 8-10 years.

Here is the resolution:

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF JONESBORO, ARKANSAS GRANTS AND

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR THE UNITED STATES

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FY22 LOW-NO EMISSIONS GRANT

WHEREAS, applications are now being accepted for the FY22 Low-No Emissions grant; and

WHEREAS, the Low-No Emissions grant will cover the cost of hybrid gas/electric powered buses;

WHEREAS, the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas is seeking federal funding of $746,796.52 for the

purchase of five hybrid gas/electric trolley style buses totaling $878,584.14. The local match of 15%,

$131,787.62, will be obtained through the street fund or general fund.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF

JONESBORO, ARKANSAS THAT:

SECTION 1: The City of Jonesboro, Arkansas supports the submission of the application to the

FY22 Low-No Emissions grant for five hybrid gas/electric trolley style buses.

SECTION 2: The Mayor and the City Clerk are hereby authorized by the City Council for the City of

Jonesboro, Arkansas to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this application.

SECTION 3: The Grants and Community Development Department is hereby authorized by the City

Council for the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas to submit all necessary documents for this federal

program.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.