The city was successful recently in obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in community development block grant funds for various sidewalk and water projects. Now the city has submitted another request for block grant funds - this time for $200,000 to continue sidewalk projects, upgrade water lines and add some storm sewers.

Late last month, the City Council requested the federal funds to double the size of a culinary water line on 3000 West from 1050 to 1300 North. The application also includes a request from the city to add sidewalk in the same area to make it safer for students who walk to West Clinton Elementary School, primarily from the Pages Estates subdivision.Besides the work on 3000 West, the block grant funds would also be used to extend sidewalk and storm drain on 300 North from 2425 to 3000 West.

Mayor Howard Stoddard acknowledged nearly all Davis County cities are competing for the funds. However, he believes the moderate income of the households in the area, coupled with the safe sidewalk aspect of the application, gives West Point another good chance at receiving the funds.

Several council members also believe 300 North and 3000 West are dangerous streets for schoolchildren and that the federal funds would be well-spent extending sidewalks, in light of the reduced busing by the Davis School District.

If the city receives the federal funds, a year or more would pass before construction on the sidewalk, water line and storm drain project would begin.