Brookings Public Works and Development Director Tony Baron has submitted a letter of his intention to apply for a Safe Routes To School (SRTS) grant to fund stormwater and street improvements on Fern Avenue behind the high school football field.

The project is estimated to cost $886,200 and will likely require a match between 10 and 40 percent, he said. If he gets the grant, work will likely begin in 2020.

•In Azalea Park, lights are being installed at the ball field this week;

•The remodeling at McDonald’s is proceeding, with a new roof along the drive lane nearing completion. Work on storm drains behind the restaurant, which flooded in November 2012, is nearing completion. When that work is complete, the drive-thru will reopen and the lobby will close for the remainder of the building construction.

•Building plans for a car wash behind Colvin Oil’s station at 1123 Chetco Ave. were recently approved.

•And the Brookings City Council approved two liquor licenses; one for the Salt Porch in the building formerly occupied by Cafe Kitanishi sushi on Hemlock Street, and the Blue Moose in the building formerly occupied by Farm to Table on Oak Street.

•Closing on the Brookings Airport has been rescheduled again so checks can clear the bank, said City Manager Janell Howard. The new escrow closing date is Sept. 17. The city it taking over “sponsorship” of the airport from the county, which doesn’t have the money to maintain it. The city hopes to encourage light industrial uses for companies that need air travel.

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