The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs administer the grants, which are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The grant was presented by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
“I want to congratulate Cloverdale and Russellville for receiving these grants,” said Rep. Baird. “The grants provide a great opportunity for each of these towns to further strengthen the community.”
The Town of Russellville’s grant will fund a water system improvement project. The proposed system improvements include line replacement and extension, chlorine injection upgrades and the installation of new hydrants. New meters and valves throughout the system will help with the financial viability of the system. The updates will improve both water quality and water utility financial viability issues.
The Town of Cloverdale will also use their grant to fund a waste water system improvement project. The project will address the Doe Creek Lift Station’s severe deterioration and ongoing operational problems, which began over 10 years ago. This project will provide a complete replacement of that lift station along with force main and wastewater line improvements.
“The funds the grant provides help communities all over Indiana,” said Rep. Baird. “I think these grants will be a huge step forward in aiding their specific water system improvement needs and ultimately continuing to make these towns the best they can be.”
The goal of the Community Focus Fund program is to encourage communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development. The Community Focus Fund grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: community and senior centers, special needs facilities, libraries, water system improvements, storm drainage projects and sewer system projects.
For more information, log onto www.in.gov/ocra/.
Rep. Jim Baird represents District 44 which includes all of Putman County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo Counties. Rep. Baird is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.