By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress
SHERMAN – Town officials are on the hunt to get funding from the federal government that was promised years ago.
At issue is funds earmarked for Sherman by Travis Childers when he was a 1st District congressman.
The money was for road improvements on Warehouse Road, which runs from Highway 178 to Highway 78, through the industrial park.
“The earmark came down in 2009 and we thought we had it,” said Mayor Ben Logan.
However, through a clerical error, the monies were unallocated and sent back to Washington in late 2009.
“We started tracking it down in 2010, and began the paperwork to get it back in June of that year,” Logan said.
Then in 2010, Childers was unseated in the election and U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee took office.
Logan said he and Public Works Director Clint Long are working with Nunnelee to get the funds back to Sherman to make the improvements.
“I have the documentation that allocated the funds to the town,” Logan said.
The next step in this process is for Logan and Long to attend a Department of Transportation workshop in late January as part of necessary certification.
The mayor said if the town can recoup the funds, he expects the improvements to come in phases.
The project is going to cost about $1.5 million to complete. “We were going to improve as far as we could with our matching monies then finish it later with local monies,” Logan said.