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Mt. Sterling receives grant for revitalization efforts

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The city is planning upgrades on infrastructure. The city is planning upgrades on infrastructure.
City officials hope this will spark the economy as well. City officials hope this will spark the economy as well.
Burge said the city will benefit from the upgrades. Burge said the city will benefit from the upgrades.
Wachter said he business could also benefit from the upgrades. Wachter said he business could also benefit from the upgrades.
Wachter owns Sportsman's Tavern. Wachter owns Sportsman's Tavern.
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (WGEM) -

Big changes are coming to Mount Sterling, Illinois, after the city recently found out it is receiving around $1.5-million dollars in state funding.

The funding is part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

Aging sidewalks, and storm water drainage issues have presented problems for the city, but City Administrator Vada Yingling said on Tuesday that those problems will soon be a thing of the past.

"We will be replacing sidewalks, making everything handicap accessible to all business owners on Main Street." Yingling said. "We will also be addressing new lighting and streetscape."

Alderman Billie Burge added that the project will help improve infrastructure that in some cases is roughly 80 years old.

City officials like himself are hoping the project can provide a spark for the local economy.

"I think anytime you can improve foot traffic, I think people are going to go into to your local businesses, and hopefully spend money, which is revenue for the city of Mt. Sterling." Burge said.

Business owners like Tim Wachter, who has owned Sportsman's Tavern with his wife since 2015, said the upgrades are definitely needed.

"With the alley behind us not draining properly because of the inadequate drainage, we see leaks coming through the basement walls and things like that." Wachter said.

Wachter also said he hopes the upgrades end up bringing more people to the area, which in turn can help out businesses like his.

"Having clean and accessible streets and entry ways to businesses, and the buildings on main street, and through capitol will definitely help bring businesses to town." Wachter said.

The city is planning on putting the project out to bid in the Fall, with the goal of starting work in Spring of 2019.

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