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Posted on: February 3, 2011

Thirty-three Kansas communities to share more than $10 million in federal funds

Thirty-three Kansas communities will share $10,773,943 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.

“I am pleased that some very deserving Kansas communities will receive these funds,” said Commerce Secretary Pat George. “These grants allow Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the livelihood of 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 individuals; 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, predominately rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $241 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

“The Department remains committed to the state’s small, rural communities,” George said. “We recognize the challenges these communities will face in the years ahead, and we are prepared to help our cities and towns meet those challenges.”

For more information, contact the Rural Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3004, ruraldev@kansascommerce.com, TTY at 711 or visit KansasCommerce.com.

The recipients of grants are as follows:

City of Alexander $138,000
This project will consist of rehabilitation of the existing water supply and storage system and complete replacement of the existing water distribution system. Other funds will provide $644,675 in matching dollars.

City of Almena $72,412
This project involves the purchase of a new brush fire truck. The fire department is providing $24,138 in matching funds to this project.

City of Argonia $500,000
The city proposes to replace the sanitary sewer lift station, conduct infiltration/inflow testing of the collection system and work on the sewer lagoons. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide funds of $907,256 to this project.

Atchison County $164,800
The proposed project will make the county courthouse comply with the American Disabilities Act regarding accessibility of public buildings. The county is providing $159,487 in matching funds and $5,313 in force account labor.

City of Aurora $43,461
The city will install new sidewalks along with curb and gutters between second and third streets to help with drainage issues. The city will provide $30,000 in matching funds.

City of Belleville $400,000
The proposed project will make improvements to approximately 14 blocks of M street. The city is providing $477,933 in matching funds to the project.

City of Blue Rapids $391,900
The project consists of the rehabilitation of 13 homes and the demolition of eight unsafe structures.

City of Burlingame $500,000
This project will remove and replace approximately 30,000 linear feet of gravity sewer lines and 90 manholes. Other funds will provide $2.2 million in financing to the project.

City of Burrton $400,000
The project will reconstruct 3,784 linear feet of Colorado, Adams and Lincoln Streets. The city will use general obligation bonds of $681,102 with this project.

Butler County $400,000
The proposed project will renovate a former grocery store building for a new community mental health facility. The Community National Bank and South Central Mental Health Counseling Center is providing a combined $2.2 million in matching funds to the project.

City of Caldwell $400,000
The proposed project renovates and improves the community building. Other funds and city funds are providing $428,500 to the project.

City of Clayton $140,000
This project will include the construction of centralized treatment equipment for the removal of arsenic. Other funds are providing $219,000 in matching funds.

City of Dighton $243,000
The city will purchase a 2011 fire tanker/pumper truck. The city is providing $82,000 to this project.

City of Dodge City $266,000
This project will rehabilitate 10 homes to meet housing standards.

Elk County $446,000
The project includes Phase II expansion of rural water district #2 including water storage facilities. Other funds are providing $2,374,581 in matching funds to the project.

City of Enterprise $390,250
The city will rehabilitate 15 homes to meet housing standards.

City of Galena $339,937
The proposed project involves a general renovation of Main Street consisting of asphalt resurfacing, sidewalks, curb and gutter. Other funds will provide $339,937 in matching funds to the project.

City of Girard $500,000
The project will replace and/or line existing sanitary sewer lines within the city. Other funds are providing $4,510,211 to this project.

City of Glasco $175,680
The city will be making numerous improvements to the sewer lagoon treatment system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city are providing $175,600 to this project.

City of Goodland $386,300
The proposed project will rehabilitate 14 homes to housing standards and demolish three unsafe structures.

City of Harper $500,000
The project will be constructing a new 250,000 gallon pedesphere-style elevated water storage facility within town limits. The city will use general obligation bonds of $1.3 million to help finance this project.

City of Horton $500,000
This project will renovate/replace sewer line, manholes and system-wide TV inspection. Other funds are providing $3,500,500 to this project.

City of Larned $195,440
The city will surface 13 blocks of gravel streets in various locations throughout the city. The city is providing a total of $189,229 in funds and force account labor to the project.

City of Lecompton $311,200
This project will reconstruct Whitfield Street from Woodson to seventh. Replacement of storm sewer will also be done as part of the project. The city will use local funds of $77,750 as part of the project.

City of Leon $500,000
The project will clean, televise and reline approximately 32,000 linear feet of existing sewer mains as well as reconstruct manholes. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city will provide a total of $752,305 to the project.

City of Meriden $400,000
This project will upsize and expand the existing storm water infrastructure. Local funds are providing $104,190 to this project.

City of Montezuma $50,000
The city will purchase a 14-passenger handicap accessible van for the elderly and disabled citizens. The city will provide $15,000 in matching funds.

City of Moran $353,388
This project will provide improvements including replacing manholes, lining pipes and making spot repairs and replacing sewer mains that are fractured or beyond repair. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing $353,389 in financing to this project.

City of Pretty Prairie $300,000
This project will consist of rebuilding and reconstruction of Main Street throughout downtown. The city will provide general obligation bonds in the amount of $75,000.

City of Solomon $195,675
The proposed project includes piping improvements to the existing lagoons and creation of a fourth lagoon. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city is providing a total of $198,175 to this project.

City of Troy $270,500
The city will replace approximately 2,630 linear feet of sanitary sewer line and eight manholes along with TV inspection of the system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $270,800 in needed financing to the project.

City of Wathena $400,000
This project is to upgrade the city’s electrical system. The city and bonds will match this project with $480,794.

City of Winchester $500,000
The proposed project is to rehabilitate approximately 20,000 linear feet of water distribution lines. Other funds of $578,400 will help finance this project.

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