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Lindon helps taxpayers by obtaining $2 million in grants

January 18, 2019 GMT

During 2018, Lindon’s city leaders saved residents over $2 million by applying for and receiving grants to help fund a variety of projects. Employees and elected officials also raised over $15,000 in donations for public safety and community needs.

“Lindon City has encouraged a culture of applying for grants with our employees,” said Adam Cowie, city administrator. “Since 2005, Lindon City has been awarded $7,970,174.59 in grants and donations through the energies and efforts of our employees and support of our elected officials.”

Some of last year’s grants include a Utah County recreation grant for $5,593.35 for wind netting at Hollow Park’s tennis and pickleball courts and a $19,648 grant through Rocky Mountain Power for lighting upgrades for the city center, aquatics center, community center and public works offices.

A $1.3 million grant, facilitated through Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), will fund the last phase of the Lindon Heritage Trail, connecting it to an existing asphalt trail from Utah Lake to where the trail currently ends near the Lake Side Power Station.

According to Cowie, about five miles of the trail are already completed. “When this last phase is completed, the Lindon Heritage Trail will be approximately six miles long and one of the only east-to-west trails connecting the Bonneville Shoreline and Murdock Canal trails to the Utah Lake Trail,” Cowie said.

Lindon’s police department received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Alcohol and Drug Free Committee, according to Chief Josh Adams. The funds will help upgrade vehicle and body cameras.

“Lindon officers proactively enforce impaired driving regulations and have been awarded additional funding each year as a result,” he said. “Our goal is not only to detect impaired drivers, but to inspire those who might be persuaded to drive while under the influence to make a better choice.”

Lindon’s City Center was built in 1997 without an elevator because both floors have ground level entrances. However, some patrons, including those who are elderly or disabled, experience difficulties moving between floors, especially if using wheelchairs or walkers. Because of this, the city received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $150,000 for the construction of an elevator, according to Cowie. The project is being bid out for construction in February 2019.

“Most of these grants require significant amounts of time and effort that are not part of our employees’ routine duties,” Cowie said. “Our employees are looking many years in advance for funding opportunities that will help offset the costs of projects and free up monies for other needs.”