CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- City officials hope to receive state recognition for the work done by local residents on the trail system in the area.

The city is applying for the Governor’s Hometown Award this year for the trails project and will possibly get city council support at their meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.

After a two-year absence, the Governor's Hometown Award program is up and running again, according to the program's website.

The award program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that have strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, the website notes.

Steve Pamperin, city planner, said that their application calls for the recognition of the bike trail projects that have been ongoing for the past few years and the people who made it possible including volunteer biking groups, Charleston Charitable Foundation and city crews.

According to the website, awards will be given in six project categories in four population divisions, for a total of 24 awards possible.

The council will also vote on a street closure request by the DanceLife Center for an event in August. According to city records, the center is organizing a "Super Saturday" block party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 26.

If approved, Sixth Street from Madison Avenue north to Jefferson Avenue would be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the event.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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