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Posted on: August 4, 2010

Twenty-nine Kansas communities to share more than $9.2 million in CDBG funds

Twenty-nine Kansas communities will share a total of $9,261,370 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week.


The announcement follows awarding of more than $12 million this spring in federal CDBG funds to Kansas communities, bringing this year’s total to over $21 million.

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 governments must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slums and blight; or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available.

“We are pleased to announce the awarding of these funds to some very deserving Kansas communities,” said Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton. “These grants allow Commerce to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the livelihood of our state.”

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 $266 million in CDBG funding since 1998.

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

The recipients of grants are as follows:

City of Alta Vista $500,000

This project will move 8,800 linear feet of water mains from the center of the streets into the city’s right-of-way. The city and other sources are matching this grant with $378,600.

City of Altamont $333,330

This project includes the repair of 8,400 linear feet of sewer lines with cured-in-place pipe, as well as smoke testing and TV inspection of additional lines and inspection of manholes. The city will match this grant with $50,000.

City of Barnes $302,000

The city proposes to replace 13,300 linear feet of water lines, 17 fire hydrants, 17 valves and other items to the water distribution system, including work on the water tower. The city is matching this grant with $320,000.

City of Chetopa $500,000

The project will include removing sludge from the sewer lagoon and repairing dikes. USDA-Rural Development is providing $604,533 in matching funds.

City of Concordia $466,500

The city will replace and relocate a sanitary sewer line along Broadway Street. The city is matching this grant with $71,500.

Graham County $397,148

The proposed project will connect the county fairgrounds to the City of Hill City’s sewer system. The county is matching this grant with $70,086.

City of Green $278,000

The project consists of replacing the water distribution system, which was installed in 1910. The city will provide matching funds to this project.

City of Harveyville $400,000

The project will upgrade 27 blocks of city streets with asphalt and chip and seal. The city is matching this grant with $68,286.

City of Holyrood $60,698

The proposed project will demolish two dilapidated commercial buildings in the downtown area. The city and other sources are matching this grant with $10,712.

Labette County $24,123

The proposed project is a storm warning system for Osage Township. The township is providing $4,257 in matching funds.

Labette County $500,000

This project will include asphalt overlay on 24000 Road from Anderson to Elk. The county is matching the grant with $222,169.

City of Lincoln Center $500,000

The city will replace 16,000 linear feet of water distribution lines that are breaking and failing throughout the city. The city is matching the grant with $107,550.

City of Linwood $340,000

This project will install an emergency water connection to RWD #10 and construction of a new water well to replace well #5. The city is matching this grant with $64,400.

City of Mayetta $489,565

The project includes reconstruction of several streets in town. The city is matching this grant with $73,435.

Meade County $208,000

The county will replace two trucks that serve the Fowler Rural Fire District with a new dual-purpose tanker/pumper fire truck. The county is providing $40,000 in matching funds.

City of Morland $298,000

The proposed project includes street system improvements. Other sources are providing $118,000 in matching funds.

City of Norton $281,945

The project will purchase a new custom pumper truck for the city. The city is matching this grant with $49,755.

Norton County $106,845

The county will purchase a brush fire/rescue vehicle for the Solomon Valley RFD #3. The rural fire department is providing $18,855 in matching funds.

City of Onaga $500,000

The project will consist of improvements to Leonard Street. The city and county will provide $153,450 in matching funds.

City of Osawatomie $500,000

The project will reconstruct several streets. Other sources will provide $1,202,700 in matching funds.

Osborne County $104,040

This project will involve construction of an addition to the fire station in Alton for Osborne County Rural Fire District #3. Other sources are providing $18,360 in matching funds.

Ottawa County $138,000

The county will replace two existing bridges with new structures after demolishing the old bridges. The county is providing matching funds of $208,000.

City of Parsons $408,513

This project will consist of various renovations to the city’s sewer system in a targeted area of town. The city is matching this grant with $72,090.

City of Plainville $500,000

The project will replace 8.5 blocks of waterline. The city is matching this grant with $203,566.

Rooks County $227,774

This project will replace two 1995 ambulances in two different service areas within Rooks County. The county will provide matching funds of $40,196.

Smith County $86,434

The proposed project involves removal of an unsafe bridge and replacement of a new one. The Kansas Department of Transportation is providing matching funds of $353,593 for this project.

City of Soldier $232,000

This project consists of improvements to the sewer system, including pump station replacement, de-sludging and dike work. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment will provide matching funds of $182,270.

City of Tescott $78,455

The project consists of purchase of a brush fire truck for RFD #6. The city is matching this grant with $13,845.

City of Yates Center $500,000

This project proposes to conduct spot repair and lining of approximately 8,000 linear feet of sewer line and manhole repairs in various locations throughout the city. The city is providing matching funds of $75,000.

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