Public input on proposed upgrades on the Hope Town Square, could help make the project a reality.

Town officials will soon be applying for state grant funds to make major improvements around the square. Trena Carter, the town's grant advisor with Administrative Resources Administration, says that a good showing of public input would help with the state's grant scoring. And the better the score, the more likely the town is to receive the grant funds, which are distributed in a competitive process.

To that end, town officials are asking residents and others interested in the town to submit surveys with their thoughts on the project outline. As of the last Hope Town Council meeting, Carter said just over 50 of the surveys had been completed online with another handful filled out on physical copies. The physical survey forms are available at Hope Town Hall, in the Hope Branch of the Bartholomew County Public Library, and at the Community Center of Hope.

The online form is available here.

The grant, of over half a million dollars, would include:

  • Replacing 43 lights in and around the square, with brighter and more energy efficient lights that will also look more historic. 
  • Revamping the trails and sidewalks around the square. The goal is to make them ADA accessible. 
  • New wayfaring signs, benches, trash cans and cigarette catchers.