Cities And Towns Land Planning Grants

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Several Hoosier communities have secured planning grants from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The approximately $200,000 in funding will be divided among projects including a feasibility study for a library, comprehensive planning initiatives and wastewater studies. The communities set to receive the money include:

-The city of Mitchell- $40,000 for a comprehensive plan

-The city of Rushville- $39,000 for a comprehensive plan

-The town of Birdseye- $15,000 to study feasibility of a library

-The town of Elizabethtown- $29,000 to study drainage

-The town of Laconia- $40,000 for a comprehensive plan

-The town of Rosedale- $39,000 for a wastewater planning study

December 13, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $38,790 planning grant to the town of Rosedale for a wastewater and storm water planning study through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"We are pleased to support the planning grant which will begin the process of addressing the wastewater issues experienced by the town of Rosedale," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. "By taking this step, Rosedale is on the path to improving infrastructure for its residents."

The wastewater portion of the study for Rosedale will focus on the evaluation of both the collection and treatment systems. While the storm water portion of the study will focus on the entire drainage system of the community.

The majority of the funding comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Rosedale provided a local match of $4,310.

$40,000 Planning Grant to the Town of Laconia

-Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $40,000 planning grant to the town of Laconia for a comprehensive plan through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Planning grants are an important tool as communities consider the best way to attract new businesses and increase prosperity in their town," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. "We are pleased to support the grant request from the town of Laconia as community leaders and residents explore ways to improve their community."

The planning grant for the town of Laconia will be used to determine new avenues for community and economic development as well as assess current trends and make future projections. It will also help Laconia establish goals and policies to fulfill a new vision.

The majority of the funding comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Laconia provided a local match of $4,445.

-Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $29,160 planning grant to the town of Elizabethtown for a storm drainage system study through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Infrastructure improvements are a key to economic growth, and ensuring appropriate stormwater drainage is important as the town of Elizabethtown plans for a prosperous future and growth," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.

The planning grant for the town of Elizabethtown will be used to evaluate the existing drainage system and make recommendations for improvements to the existing structure along with any additional needs.

The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Elizabethtown provided a local match of $3,240.

-Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $15,000 planning grant to the town of Birdseye for a public library feasibility study through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"We are pleased to support the public library feasibility study as the town of Birdseye continues its efforts to improve quality of life and educational opportunities for its residents," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.

The planning grant for the town of Birdseye will assist in determining the most feasible option for the future of the Birdseye Branch Library of the Dubois County Contractual Public Library.

The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Birdseye provided a $3,500 local match.

-Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $38,800 planning grant to the city of Rushville for a comprehensive plan through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Utilizing a planning grant is an excellent way to help communities develop," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. "The residents and community leaders of the city of Rushville are to be commended for exploring ways to improve their community."

The planning grant for the city of Rushville will be used to determine objectives for future growth as well as supporting infrastructure. It will also examine current trends.

The majority of the funding comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Rushville provided a local match of $4,320.

-Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has awarded a $40,000 planning grant to the city of Mitchell for a comprehensive plan through the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

"Planning grants are an important first step as communities consider the best way to attract new businesses and strengthen their town," said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. "We are pleased to support the grant request from the city of Mitchell as community leaders and residents explore ways to improve their community."

The planning grant for the city of Mitchell will be used to assess current trends and make future projections. It will also help Mitchell develop a core vision by establishing goals, policies, and objectives for future growth, land use, and supporting infrastructure.

The majority of the funding comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives. Mitchell provided a local match of $8,200.

The CDBG program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Please visit www.in.gov/ocra for additional information on this grant program.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.in.gov/ocra .

For updates from the Lt. Governor and the agencies she oversees, please visit www.in.gov/lgov .

Source: The Office of The Lieutenant Governor