[r44] Rep. Baird: $600,000 awarded to Bainbridge to reduce flooding (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/13/2011
STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulated the town of Bainbridge for receiving a $600,000 grant for their storm water drainage system project today. The grant was presented by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Congratulations to the town of Bainbridge for their accomplishment," said Rep. Jim Baird. "I know many towns face flooding problems which inconvenience their residents. I am pleased to see this grant aid in the drainage system to make the town more accessible for its residents."

The money will go towards updates and repairs for the storm water drainage system. The improvements to the storm water drainage will help reduce flooding throughout the town, specifically in areas by the walking trail.

The Community Focus Fund (CFF) is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The goal of the CFF program is to encourage communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development.

The funds help rural communities with a variety of projects, such as sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs and many others. The overall goal of these funds is to help communities improve the quality of life and ensure the health and safety of their citizens.

To qualify, a community leader can apply to receive funds based on the following criteria:
- The area has a substantial low- and moderate-income population (51 percent or greater)
- The project addresses the long-term planning and development efforts for the community
- Funds granted will have a significant impact on the proposed project
- The project is ready to proceed and will be completed within 18 months after being awarded

"These grants provide a way for communities to keep working towards building a great place to live and work," said Rep. Baird.

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