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Posted on: January 19, 2012

Nineteen communities, two counties share in more than $7.7 million in CDBG funds

Nineteen Kansas communities and two counties will share a total of $7,773,083 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

“We are pleased to announce these funds to some very deserving Kansas communities,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “These grants allow Department of Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are 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 to 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 $257 million in CDBG funding in 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 Department’s Rural Development Division at (785) 296-3004, ruraldev@kansascommerce.com, TTY(Hearing Impaired) at 711 or visit KansasCommerce.com.

The cities awarded grants follow:

Assaria $500,000
The city will construct a new cell to the current two-cell sewer lagoons. The city will provide $497,020 in matching funds using local budget and general obligation bonds.

Barnard $162,060
This project involves building an 8 feet by 120 feet standpipe to act as water storage. Demolition will occur with the current 50,000 gallon tank. The city is providing $108,040 in matching funds through bonds.

Belleville $500,000
The city will improve its water distribution system within the city. The city will match with $571,800 using reserves.

Bison $413,805
The project will make improvements to the wastewater treatment facility. The city will use $413,805 in matching funds.

Bronson $484,750
The city will replace existing water mains and construct a 75,000 gallon water tower. The city will use $484,700 in matching funds.

Chanute $360,428
The project will abandon an existing sewer system in a target area of town to connect into the city’s system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $360,428 in matching funds.

Chautauqua County $360,000
This project will expand the county’s Rural Water District No. 4 for additional users. Other funds will provide a $1,747,237 match.

Chetopa $500,000
This project will replace water mains with PVC piping and replace service lines and meters. Other funds will provide a $1,505,803 match.

Colony $274,725
The project will upgrade approximately 2,500 linear feet of interceptor sewer main, along with work on the sewer lagoons. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $274,725 in matching funds.

Culver $386,000
The proposed project will construct a new 150 feet tall by 8 feet wide, 56,400 gallon standpipe and a new well house. The old standpipe will be demolished. Other funds will provide a $480,000 match.

Delphos $500,000
The city will update its water distribution system, including improvements to the well houses, fire hydrants, gate valves, service meters and waterlines. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and other sources will provide $1,816,396 in matching funds.

Dickinson County $182,000
This project will include the construction of the Detroit Sewer District or Dickinson County Sewer District No. 3. Construction will include a three-cell lagoon, lift station and force main piping. Other sources will provide a $897,637 match.

Ensign $340,705
The city will make sewer improvements to a two-cell lagoon system by adding a third cell. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide matching funds of $340,705.

Gove $236,000
This project involves construction of a new battery water well, as well as other water improvements to an existing system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will match with funds of $269,327.

Green $278,000
The project will install ion exchange equipment to treat well water for nitrates to have a secondary water source. Other funds will provide a $179,050 match.

Hiawatha $500,000
The city will remove or replace approximately 489 manholes and 96,063 linear feet of gravity sewer. Other funds will provide a $1,056,531 match.

Highland $500,000
The project will construct a new 125,000 gallon elevated storage tank and water line improvements. Other funds will provide a $804,650 match.

Kinsley $500,000
The project will replace old clay tile and cast iron water mains within the city. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city will match with $600,210.

Longton $490,672
The city will construct a water transmission line to Chautauqua County Rural Water District No. 4 to purchase and transport water. In addition, the city will replace the city’s current water tower and construct a new 50,000 gallon elevated water tower. Other funds will provide a $490,672 match.

Marion $180,000
The proposed project will replace sewer lines through pipe bursting in a targeted area of the community. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $433,625 in matching funds.

Robinson $123,938
The project will install a new intake, control and transfer structures at a lagoon. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $123,938 in matching funds.

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