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Policy analysis: whether to accept a $500,000 bridge repair grant

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As in many smaller communities, the Common Council of Elkins, West Virginia is asked to make decisions about complex, expensive projects that can be challenging for part-time, citizen legislators to quickly get up to speed on. In Elkins, the city had received a Department of Transportation grant to replace a beloved historic foot bridge. But the grant had certain match and local funding requirements attached, making it a very real possibility that the city might not be able to “afford” to accept the grant. The goal of this memo was to capture all of the considerations needed to inform and possible consequences of any decision. (This memo was also provided to the media.)