INDIANAPOLIS-- Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis awarded a $500,000 Community Focus Fund grant to the town of Staunton for sewer system upgrades Monday.
Town officials plan to construct a new sewage collection system and update the existing treatment plant in Staunton. Currently the system suffers from cracks in existing lines and outdated equipment that has put a significant strain on the plant's operational capabilities. At times, so much ground water has seeped in through cracks in the existing mains that flows have been up to six times the treatment plant's capacity and flooded the system.
Staunton's new plan calls for 25,000 linear feet of sewer mains, 1,400 feet of force mains, 7,260 linear feet of service laterals, 99 manholes and a new lift station as well as upgrades to the treatment facility. The new lines will be installed parallel to the current infrastructure in existing right-of-ways and the old lines will be converted to storm drains.
"Staunton is embarking on a project to better serve its citizens and to become more environment friendly," said Davis, who serves as the director of the Indiana Department of Commerce. "We are pleased to support this project and help the town enhance its communities."
The Community Focus Fund (CFF) is a federally funded grant program administered by the Indiana Department of Commerce. The funding is available to small cities, towns and counties for construction projects designed to benefit low- to moderate-income individuals or to eliminate blight in communities. Grants are awarded through competitive funding rounds to assist small communities in long-term development projects.
Projects eligible for CFF grants include local infrastructure improvements, childcare facilities, senior and community centers, downtown revitalization and fire stations and fire trucks. Up to $500,000 is available per applicant. A match of at least 10 percent is required from the grant recipient.
In this, the second round of funding for 2004, 37 Hoosier communities shared in nearly $15 million in funding.
For more information about the CFF grant program, contact the Office of Community Assistance in the Community Development Division of the Indiana Department of Commerce at 800-824-2476 or access its Web site at indianacommerce.com.