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Posted on: January 22, 2015

Community Development Block Grants awarded to 12 Kansas communities for water and sewer projects

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 12 Kansas communities will share a total of $5,638,901 in federal grants for water and sewer projects through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“We are excited to announce the awarding of CDBG funds to these very deserving Kansas communities,” said Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The CDBG program helps Commerce assist the small and rural communities that are so important to our state.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit to low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.

CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $450 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for water and sewer projects:

City of Belvue, $312,645
The city will install 5,950 linear feet of new waterlines to connect with Pottawatomie Rural Water District 4. The city will provide $312,646 in matching funds.

City of Douglass, $499,931
The city will replace approximately 7,150 linear feet of waterlines throughout the city. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will provide $500,000 in matching funds.

City of El Dorado, $500,000
The city will make repairs and improvements to the city’s aging waste water collection system in the southwest sanitary basin. KDHE will provide $577,600 in matching funds.

City of Herndon, $326,325
This project will replace water lines throughout the city. KDHE and the city will jointly provide $326,325 in matching funds.

City of Hiawatha, $500,000
The project will repair and replace sanitary sewer lines and manholes within the city. Rural Development will provide $2,300,000 in matching funds.

City of Howard, $500,000
The city will rehabilitate its water distribution system. Rural Development will provide $2,457,050 in matching funds.

City of Independence, $500,000
The project will repair or replace sewer lines and manholes. KDHE and the city will jointly provide $500,000 in matching funds.

City of La Cygne, $500,000
The project will replace water distribution lines within the city. Rural Development will provide $1,029,040 in matching funds.

City of Medicine Lodge, $500,000
The project will provide a new water source and water system improvements. Rural Development and the city will jointly provide $829,000 in matching funds.

City of Parsons, $500,000
The project will repair or replace sewer lines and manholes. KDHE will provide $574,391 in matching funds.

City of Plainville, $500,000
The project will improve the waste water treatment ponds that serve the city. The city and KDHE will provide $1,233,179 in matching funds.

City of Severy, $500,000
The project will repair or replace new waterlines in Severy. Rural Development will provide $1,831,000 in matching funds.

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