Gutwein: Local communities receive federal grants for improvement projects

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, April 10, 2018

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2018) — Local communities recently received grants for improvement projects from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).

Funds will be distributed to Jasper County, North Judson and Winamac through the Community Development Block Grant Program to assist local governments with projects like improving infrastructure, revitalizing communities and long-term development efforts.

Jasper County received a grant of $500,000 for the construction of a new fire station in Wheatfield Township for the volunteer fire department.

North Judson received a grant of $550,000 for drinking water system improvements including building a new water well, adding a backup generator for the water system and rehabilitating the town’s two water towers.

Winamac was awarded $700,000 to modify the existing wastewater stabilization lagoons.

“These investments made in Jasper, Winamac and North Judson will provide for a better quality of life for residents,” Gutwein said. “These projects will not only revitalize our communities and support public safety, but also bring economic interest to our area.”

Gutwein said more than $11 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 21 rural communities through the program. Communities applied for grants across five programs that include the Blight Clearance Program, Public Facilities Program, Stormwater Improvement Program, Wastewater Drinking Water Program and Main Street Revitalization Program.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein represents House District 16, which includes all of

Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties

 

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