The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 27 Kansas communities will share a total of $9,732,596 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
“We are happy to announce the awarding of these funds to some very deserving Kansas communities,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “These grants allow Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the livelihood of our state.”
The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities, and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.
CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominately rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $272 million in CDBG funding over the last decade.
“The Department remains committed to the state’s small, rural communities,” George said. “We recognize the challenges these communities will face in the years ahead, and we are prepared to help our cities and towns meet those challenges.”
For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3004, TTY(Hearing Impaired) at 711, or visit www.KansasCommerce.com.
The recipients of grants are as follows:
City of Argonia, $500,000
This project will consist of construction of an ion exchange/absorption water treatment plant. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $1,614,226 in matching funds.
City of Cawker City, $384,700
This grant will rehabilitate 11 homes for low-to-moderate income families and demolish five unoccupied housing unit. Other funds will match this grant with $11,000.
City of Colony, $500,000
This project involves rehabilitation of approximately 13,250 linear feet of sewer line and service taps. Other funds will provide $502,325 in matching funds.
City of Cottonwood Falls, $500,000
The city proposes to replace water lines throughout the city. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide funds of $1,110,000 to this project.
City of Englewood, $172,000
The proposed project will purchase approximately 55 reverse osmosis units, install water meters for all connections, water line replacement and automatic reading system for the new meters. Other funds will provide $628,900 in matching funds for the project.
City of Harper, $500,000
The city will install a new water treatment plant with a triplex ion exchange system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $2,142,500 in matching funds for the project.
City of Independence, $400,000
This project proposes to address approximately 200-250 curb ramps throughout the city in an effort to meet ADA requirements. The city is providing $400,000 in matching funds for the project.
City of Jewell, $332,571
The project consists of removing and replacing concrete curb and gutter in approximately 11 blocks and reconstructing pavement. The Transportation Revolving Fund will provide $272,104 in matching funds.
Lincoln County, $164,000
This project will remove and replace the existing stone drainage structures on a 10-mile stretch. New culverts and place embankment will be done with the project. The Transportation Revolving Fund will provide $340,300 in matching funds.
City of Lincolnville, $245,275
The project will repair the existing sewer lagoons. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $245,275 in matching funds.
City of Lyons, $400,000
This grant will rehabilitate 15 rental properties and two owner occupied homes. It will also demolish two unoccupied units. Other funds will match this grant with $148,558.
City of Mankato, $400,000
The grant funds will rehabilitate nine homes and demolish eight units in the City of Mankato. Other funds will match this grant with $44,500.
City of Marion, $400,000
The proposed project will reconstruct 13 blocks of street as well as curb and gutter. The city will match this project with general obligation bonds of $722,655.
City of Oakley, $400,000
This project proposes renovations to a building that houses the library and museum. The city is providing $1,227,591 in matching funds.
City of Onaga, $400,000
The city will reconstruct Prospect Street. The city will provide $160,085 to this project.
City of Oswego, $300,000
The grant funds will rehabilitate 11 owner occupied homes. The city will purchase two properties and use CDBG funds for rehabilitation. These properties will be sold to low-to-moderate income families. Other funds will match this grant with $121,000.
City of Plainville, $400,000
The project consists of reconstruction of the storm sewer system in several locations within the city. The city is matching this grant with local funds and bonds of $1,585,943.
Rawlins County, $90,000
The project involves ADA improvements at the Good Samaritan Society in Atwood. The county is matching this grant with $97,786.
City of Robinson, $444,000
The project will repair sanitary sewer mains, service taps and manholes. Other funds of $544,579 will be used to match this project.
City of Rush Center, $340,000
The proposed project is construction of a new wastewater treatment facility and pumping station. Other funds of $1,315,562 will be used to match this grant.
City of Stafford, $400,000
The project upgrades the city’s electrical system. The city will match this grant with local funds of $430,500.
City of Troy, $500,000
The city will rehabilitate approximately 42,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines. Other funds will match this project with $2,782,838.
City of Uniontown, $500,000
The proposed project will replace the city’s water distribution system and add 16 new hydrants. Other funds will match this project with $596,000.
Washington County, $296,000
The county proposes to demolish and replace six bridges. The county will provide local funds of $318,000 and $134,000 in county labor to the project.
City of Wilson, $389,900
This grant will provide rehabilitation of 12 homes and the demolition of one site. Other funds will match this grant with $7,000.
City of Windom, $260,000
This project will upgrade the city’s water distribution system. Other funds will match this project with $574,470.
City of Woodston, $114,150
The city will make improvements to the sewer lagoon for proper control of the wastewater. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and city will provide a total of $114,150 in matching funds.