Morrison: Mecca, Newport awarded $1.2M in infrastructure grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2020) – The towns of Mecca and Newport received $1.2 million in federal grants from the Community Development Block Grant Fund to help with infrastructure improvements.

The grants, awarded to 21 Indiana communities, will provide $500,000 to renovate Mecca’s fire station and $700,000 to improve Newport’s drinking water system.

“Community Development Block Grants really help rural communities maintain and improve their infrastructure,” Morrison said. “These planned projects will improve the quality of life for the people of Mecca and Newport.”

Morrison said Mecca’s fire station renovation includes turning its current truck bay into a multiuse space for training and community gatherings, as well as adding space for a locker room and truck bays.

Morrison said Newport’s project will overhaul the existing drinking water infrastructure. Renovations include upgrading all well disinfection facilities and replacing the water treatment plant, booster station and ground storage tank. A new well building will be added as well as supervisory control and data acquisition equipment.

For more information about the Community Development Block Grant Fund, visit


State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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