Rural Communities Receive Millions in Federal Grants

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Nineteen rural Indiana communities have received nearly $11 million in federal grant funding. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the Community Development Block Grants to help local governments with infrastructure, revitalization and economic development needs. 

“It is important we are recognizing the impact rural communities have on our economic future, and continue to ensure they are working to complete much needed projects,” Crouch said. “By having several rounds of federal funding being awarded throughout the state over the course of a year, we are making an impact on how rural Indiana is transforming their quality of place for their residents.” 

The funding involves several programs: Main Street Revitalization Program, Public Facilities Program, Stormwater Improvement Program and Wastewater Drinking Water Program.

Main Street Revitalization

  • The City of Brazil is awarded $461,491 for downtown façade improvements. This project includes enhancing the facades of seven significant historic buildings along with rehabilitating masonry and limestone, installation of metal coping, wood cornices and the restoration of historic doors and windows. 
  • The City of Rochester is awarded $600,000 for downtown façade improvements. This project includes the facades of 10 buildings and consist of demolition of non-original alterations, and restorations of historic structural features such as storefronts, signage and cornices.  
  • The City of Seymour is awarded $590,000 for a streetscape project. This project will improve an area around One Chamber Square and consist of enhancing the sidewalks and curbing, upgrading the lighting and electrical services and creating an community space that includes seating and interactive features such as an outdoor musical play installation and large exploration boulders.  

 Public Facilities Program

  • Decatur County is awarded $441,509 to renovate a building to be a Children’s Advocacy Center. The project will include the acquisition of a building and renovations to create a child-friendly environment for child abuse investigations and victim support services. 
  • The Town of Holton is awarded $500,000 for the construction of a new 6,400 square foot fire station with four truck bays.  
  • The City of Lawrenceburg is awarded $279,760 for community center improvements. The project will replace the entire HVAC system including the existing rooftop units, ducts and controls.  
  • The Town of Otterbein is awarded $500,000 to construct a 5,209 square foot community center with more than 2,200 square feet dedicated to a be a meeting space.  
  • Scott County is awarded $500,000 to renovate a building into a medical facility. The project includes acquisition of a building and renovations that will enhance infectious disease services and general medical treatment to low-tomoderate income people within the county. 

Stormwater Improvement Program

  • The City of Montpelier is awarded $600,000 for stormwater system improvements. This project constructs a new dedicated stormwater outflow to the Salamonie River and separates the current combined sewer system to create dedicated stormwater lines.   

Wastewater Improvement Program

  • The City of Austin is awarded $550,000 for wastewater system improvements. The project will increase the capacity of a lift station, improve a number of elements at the treatment plant and build a phosphorus chemical facility.  
  • The Town of Clay City is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. The project will rehabilitate four lift stations and make improvements to sewer lines.  
  • The City of Columbia City is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will complete the city’s long term environmental control plan.  
  • Fayette County is awarded $550,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will extend distribution lines, replace an elevated water storage tank and construct an addition to the water treatment plant.  
  • The Town of Glenwood is awarded $600,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will construct a new control building and a new well, along with equipment upgrades.   
  • The City of Knox is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will replace the mechanical screening and grit removal equipment, construct a new pre-treatment building and make improvements to the plant force main and gravity sewer.   
  • The Town of Lizton is awarded $700,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will install a new drinking water distribution system throughout the town and connect to the clean water supply.  
  • The Town of Medaryville is awarded $600,000 for drinking water system improvements. This project will construct a new water tower.  
  • The Town of Saint Paul is awarded $600,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project includes lift station improvements, replaces or rehabilitates sewer lines, separate combined sewers and improves the current lagoons. 
  • The Town of Williamsport is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will rehabilitate four areas of the collection system, and make improvements to the treatment facility.  

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