Ojai In Line For Stimulus Cash

By Daryl Kelley

The city of Ojai has applied for $625,000 in transportation aid from the federal stimulus package now being analyzed by local officials to see if they may benefit from efforts to pull the U.S. economy out of recession.About $425,000 of that money would be spent for replacement of two of Ojai’s six trollies, while another $200,000 would supplement a street resurfacing project just now getting under way, said city manager Jere Kersnar this week. “These are shovel-ready projects,” he said. “We’ll get something out of these first two applications: We should hear relatively quickly on those. And it’s likely we’ll get more for long-term projects. We just don’t know how much.” While the first round of awards are supposed to be spent within 90 days, a second and larger round of stimulus payments would be used by state and local governments within two years, Kersnar said. “I haven’t seen much on that second round yet,” he said. “What everyone asks about is whether

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