CARBON -- After several years of paperwork, the Town of Carbon has received a grant to help it proceed with its new storm water project. Council members believe the project will make Carbon a better place to live.
In August, council members President Josephine Rightsell, Dave McFaddin and Dennis Rightsell approved the project proposal by LADD Engineering Inc., Lebanon, Ind. The group designed the nearly $1 million dollar project proposal that will divert excess storm water away from the town after heavy rains.
With $500,000 coming from the Department of Commerce grant, the town will have to match the amount with $401,000 in funds to support the project. Board members will attend a ceremony at the statehouse on Dec. 17 for the grant presentation, with the money to be released for the project on Jan. 30.
The board expects to advertise for construction bids after the money is released by the state.
"Mosquitoes are a problem for many residents after a heavy rain," Josephine Rightsell said about water that lays in yards and roadways for many days after heavy rains. "This project will alleviate the large puddles that stand all around town after rainstorms."
The more than 130-year-old town is currently using a clay tile drainage system from the early 1900s. With damaged, undersized and, in some areas, virtually no workable drainpipes, the more than 70-year-old drainage system is essentially useless.
"It's so dilapidated that it's almost like not having one at all," Dennis Rightsell said.
This is the final phase of three projects -- building a sewage system, a water tower and the storm water project -- the board has implemented in recent years to improve the infrastructure of the town.
The council members are grateful to the support of local residents and for the efforts of Aleea Perry, the grant writer who helped create the grant proposal for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Expected to take six months to a year to complete, officials say local residents shouldn't be inconvenienced during the project because construction will only be on property owned by the town, not on any property owned by local residents.
With construction expected to begin in the spring of 2008, the board has future plans to work on smaller infrastructure housekeeping projects like tearing down old vacant houses and repairing roads and sidewalks.
"We have been trying for years to make Carbon a better place to live," Josephine said. "Now we're on to the paperwork for the bond issue and hoping for a mild winter so the construction can begin as soon as possible in the spring."