For Immediate Release
July 22, 2016
Lt. Governor Holcomb and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure Grant Funding to 16 Hoosier Communities
Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today over $7 million in federal grant funding for three programs was awarded to rural Hoosier communities. Over $6 million for projects in 12 communities were awarded under the Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW), $1.5 million was awarded to three communities from the Stormwater Improvements Program (SIP) and $400,000 to one community under the Public Facilities Program (PFP).
"I applaud the efforts of the sixteen communities who applied for and are receiving grant funding to support efforts to ensure a solid infrastructure for those who work, live and play in their cities and towns," said Lt. Governor Holcomb, "It is critical for the well-being of our state to have quality drinking water, storm water systems and public facilities in order for communities to thrive."
Applications for Round 1 of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) were due to OCRA on June 10th; with 16 Indiana communities receiving funds. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety and improve the quality of life for citizens.
The goals of the WDW are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and to improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible WDW projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.
Projects receiving Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW) grant funding:
The Town of Boswell has been awarded $600,000 to complete a water utility project to improve the taste, color and smell of the current water supply, while simultaneously reducing the risk of supply contamination and structurally improve the existing infrastructure.
The Town of Brownstown has been awarded $450,000 for a sanitary sewer collection system improvement project. This project will rehabilitate an existing infrastructure that was originally installed in 1953 and will eliminate the risk of further residential property damage and the health risks that are associated with the exposure to raw sewage.
The Town of Clay City has been awarded $550,000 to improve their water treatment plant by installing a new Aeralator gravity filter to reduce the high levels of iron within the water. The new filter includes a new retention tank which can be placed behind the water treatment plant, allowing for the inside of the building to be better utilized.
The Town of Clinton has been awarded $450,000 for improvements at the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to address new regulatory requirements related to phosphorous and meet compliance requirements regarding cross connection control of the water supply to the plant.
The Town of Cromwell has been awarded $650,000 to upgrade of the entire system at the town’s wastewater facility, which will include pump station improvements and replacement or rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer line underneath the railroad, existing sewer lines, and manholes located throughout the town.
The Town of English has been awarded $529,000 for the replacement of two water towers that are 50 years old and full of rust, corrosion and pitting on the interior.
Jennings County and Burnt Pines Water Association, Inc. of Jennings County has been awarded $400,000 for the expansion of service and system improvements including rehabilitating and replacing valves and hydrants to provide a healthier and more economical water source to current customers and new area customers.
The Town of Montezuma has been awarded $600,000 for a water improvement project which includes replacing valves and hydrants and improving the distribution system to both come into compliance with the Ten State Standards as well as provide customers with increased fire protection, better water quality and increased water pressure.
The Town of New Market has been awarded $450,000 to improve the Town’s wastewater collection system to address current health and safety issues and help to keep wastewater rates affordable for residents.
The Town of Ridgeville has been awarded $450,000 for improvements to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant and Collection System to reduce inflow and infiltration by rehabilitating parts of the existing system including lift stations, the wastewater treatment plant, manholes, sanitary sewer segments and the storm sewer. Additionally, the project will address current health and safety issues and help to keep wastewater rates affordable for residents.
The Town of Roann has been awarded $400,000 for necessary improvements to their drinking water system with the construction and installation of a disinfection facility, rehabilitation of the existing water tower, replacing nine hydrants and improving the distribution system to improve water quality and fire protection capabilities.
Vermillion County has been awarded $550,000 for a water improvement project for the Hillsdale Water Corporation which will include the installation of hydrants and valves, and improvements to the water treatment plant, well field, storage facility, and distribution system. This project will improve water quality with concerns of odor and discoloration, water reliability, water pressure and will help maintain the system at the required standards.
SIP strives to reduce flooding, to cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, to protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape and to generate jobs and spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for grant funding from SIP include storm water improvements as well as demolition and/or clearance.
Projects receiving Stormwater Improvements Program (SIP) grant funding:
The Town of Fort Branch has been awarded $500,000 for the installation of storm water infrastructure in the Boyles Ditch and Central Drainage areas. This project will reduce the flood-damage to real estate and personal property as well as the inflow and infiltration into the wastewater system and improve travel conditions in the areas, leading to safer travel for personal and emergency vehicles.
The Town of New Ross has been awarded $500,000 for rehabilitation of their storm water collection system to resolve flooding in the local areas. Additionally, residents will save money by not having to rent or buy pumps, replace drywall, buy lumber for repairs, service or replace furnaces or deal with mold remediation.
The Town of Versailles has been awarded $500,000 for storm drainage improvements within the town with the construction of 600 lineal feet of storm sewer pipes, 11 manholes and 30 inlets in the central portion of Tanglewood Road, West and High Streets and Horton Drive to address = the excess amount of storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system that cause increased expenses for all rate payers.
The goals of the PFP are to improve the Quality of Place and to generate jobs and spur economic revitalization, through improving community facilities or historic preservation projects. Eligible community facilities include community centers, daycare, leaning, and senior centers.
Project receiving Public Facilities Funding (PFP) grant funding:
The City of Jasper has been awarded $400,000 for the historical preservation of the Astra Theater, built in 1935 and ran as a functioning theater until 2002. Age and non-use of the theater has taken its toll on the building and immediate attention to address widespread deterioration of this prominent historic structure is needed. This project will include all aspects of rehabilitating, repairing, replacing, installing, etc. and will adhere to the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitating Historic Structures.
Funding for all three programs - WDW, SIP and PFP, comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for Indiana by OCRA.
CDBG Round 2 (WDW, SIP, PFP, BCP, WDP, MSRP) letters of intent are due by August 19 with final applications due on October 14, 2016.
For more information about the programs, contact your regional Community Liaison or visit OCRA’s homepage.
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