CARBON -- During the third phase of a grant application for a storm water project, the Carbon Town Council is sending out surveys looking for community support for the project.
Council members Josephine Rightsell, Dave McFaddin and Dennis Rightsell approved a $901,000 project proposal by LADD Engineering Inc., Lebanon, Ind., that will divert excess storm water away from the town after heavy rains.
"The old system, which is more than 70 years old, is virtually gone," Dennis Rightsell said. "This is the last phase in a project to better the infrastructure of Carbon, making it a better place to live."
Rightsell said the town's existing storm water drainage facilities have damaged, undersized pipes and, in some areas, there are no pipes at all.
"Mosquitoes are also problem after a heavy rain," Josephine Rightsell said. "This project will alleviate the large puddles that stand all around town after rainstorms."
Aleea Perry, the grant writer who is helping to create the proposal for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, said customers of the town's sewer system will receive surveys in the mail this Thursday or Friday.
"It is very important that residents fill out their surveys to show support for the project," Perry said, adding that the completed surveys need to be returned no later than Aug. 31 to be added to the grant application.
Completed surveys, according to Perry, will add 150 points to the grant application, which needs to have 1,100 to qualify for consideration for the $500,000 grant.
The Town of Carbon will have to match the amount with $401,000 in funds.
Being able to prove community support for the project is the last part of the application process.
"It is my hope that we have a large turnout of letters and that residents show their support for the project," Perry said. "We have overcome many hurdles on this project and it would be a delight to finally get it funded."