Lexington officials are reviewing a contract with Charlotte-based Shook Kelly to refurbish the former Lexington Home Brands plant site. Funding for Shook Kelly’s $680,000 proposal will come from a federal Tiger II grant.

Still, the city is having trouble securing stimulus funding for the proposed $15 million passenger rail depot. Lexington City Manager John Gray says funds are forthcoming because the project’s not “shovel ready.”

Since when did that matter?