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Knightsville working toward grant

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The town of Knightsville is taking the necessary steps to improve its water and sewer situation.

On Wednesday, Knightsville Town Clerk/Treasurer Charlotte Reyher told The Brazil Times she and council president Mike Kester have started going door-to-door asking for surveys that were mailed out recently regarding the town's storm sewer project.

Reyher said the town now has enough surveys for its waterworks project.

Kester told The Brazil Times recently the council has been working with various agencies in an attempt to conduct the town income survey. The survey, in turn, would help the town reach its goal of obtaining a Community Development Block Grant, monies for both the waterworks and storm sewer projects.

"We just recently (started) really, within the last four or five months," Kester said. "We got a thing from (the state) that said we either had to build a water tower or add another set of valves to get water into town.

"We had been talking for a couple of years about a storm sewer project. Then we got this letter saying we were going to have to do something with our water."

Kester said conducting the income survey has been difficult, as several residents have not responded.

He suggested after the door-to-door campaign, phone calls may be made to residents as well.

"We're just basically getting started," Kester said.

Kester said the income survey would only help the town regarding the water project. If numbers -- regarding income -- are lower than expected, more grant money could be obtained for the project.

He added the state gave the town no timetable regarding improving the situation.

Knightsville residents that have not received a survey for either project are urged to contact either Reyher at 448-2311 or Kester at 443-0408.

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