$5 billion in unspent stimulus money, including millions here in Missouri and Illinois

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by Chris Nagus / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 10:40 PM

(KMOV.com) -- News 4 wanted to know why some aren’t finished years after we first started talking about the stimulus.

Online there are thousands of projects marked “not started” on recovery.gov, the government run website that lets the public know the status of stimulus projects.

Under “not started” includes $2,612,197 for a new fire station in University City, the project was awarded in September 2009.

Back then the fire chief told News 4 “we’ll have better response times. better facilities to be better equipped and have more equipment. So, we’re excited about it.” 

But more than three years after the money was awarded, the lot where the station will stand still sits empty.

According to the chief they have been fighting a bureaucratic battle since they were awarded the grant.

They’re hoping to break ground sometime soon.

There is also the $305,074 listed for hiring two new police officers in Jennings.

But the Jennings police department disbanded in March 2012.

The city says they gave the money back but recovery.gov still lists the grant as a project “not started”.

Bismarck, Missouri was awarded $3,564.790 to build a wastewater treatment plant after the EPA cracked down on the old one. It was leaking sludge into a nearby stream.

But even with an EPA enforcement order to replace the old one, it still took more than 13 months to get it going even after design plans were completed.

We also wanted to check on a project listed “not started” for green retrofitting of a St. Louis housing complex.

An award of 3,421,314 was given to help the O’Fallon Place apartments.

Complex management says it’s done we’re still waiting to find out what we got for the money.

According to recovery.gov the biggest projects listed as “not started” are a couple of high speed rail lines in Washington and Michigan.

Nearly a billion dollars worth of projects combined.

 

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