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Staunton receives 'big' grant

Thursday, August 6, 2009

STAUNTON -- For several years, the town of Staunton has had problems with rain water.

But recently, the town received a grant that could help alleviate those problems.

On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced several state communities will receive grants through the Federal Community Developmental Block Grant for Recovery after Natural Disasters and from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The town will receive $1 million and was one of a handful of communities in the Wabash Valley to receive grants, including Farmersburg, Gosport, Lyons, Odon, Sandborn, Worthington and Stilesville.

A total of 21 communities will share more than $20 million through the program for various projects.

"We know how those storms can quickly cause a lot of damage," Skillman said via conference call. "That leads to months and maybe years of recovery work.

"We know that damage can have a devastating impact, especially on our small towns. Putting all of those pieces back together and restoring quality of life after storms is a burden we all share."

Towns across the state had to fit certain criteria in order to receive funds. More than 50 communities applied for the grants.

According to information provided by Skillman, Staunton received $1 million -- the maximum amount -- through the grant process. She said plans were in place to remove clay storm sewer lines and replace the lines with PVC piping. In addition, she said the town had plans to install approximately 80 manholes throughout the community among other items.

"I did visit several of the cities and towns that were affected by the natural disasters," Skillman said. "Eighty-two of our 92 counties were declared disaster areas at some point last year.

"The silver lining was witnessing each community come together. That was by neighbor helping neighbor, Hoosier helping Hoosier."

Skillman said she hoped the funds would help stimulate the economy in the towns that earned them and added the communities that received the funding could receive the money within two months.

"Funding could be available this fall," she said.

Staunton Town Council member Ed Nevins said the grant money would be discussed at the council's Monday meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

"Every time it rains, the ditches are full," Nevins said. "We've had a lot of problems with that."

Nevins added no timetable has been set in stone as to when construction may begin.

Other state communities receiving grant money through the process included Brookston, Claypool, Cromwell, Kewanna, Lanesville, Leesburg, Napoleon, Nashville, New Richmond, Ridgeville, Rockport, South Whitley, Tell City and Wabash.

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