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Town still waiting for grants

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Roy Smith
CENTER POINT -- For approximately six months, the town of Center Point has been working with an independent grant writer in order to obtain two grants.

On Tuesday, the town council provided an update on the process.

At its regular monthly meeting, town council President Roy Smith told community residents that members of Hannum, Wagle and Cline, an engineering firm based in Terre Haute, would be in town Thursday to look at the town wastewater system.

"They're putting things together," Smith said.

On Wednesday, grant writer Amy Miller, based in Greenwood, told The Brazil Times the town is applying for a Disaster Recovery 2 Grant (DR-2) and a Community Development Block Grant in order to fix some of the town's wastewater, sewer and storm water issues.

"(The CDBG grant) is a planning grant," Miller said. "They're trying to get a planning grant so they can try to see what kind of upgrades they need.

"They're still having issues at their wastewater plant."

Miller said recently, the state of Indiana implemented new testing guidelines for wastewater plants. She said Center Point, like many other towns across the state, does not currently have the capability to move forward with the new guidelines, hence the need for the grant money.

"Their plant is not capable of doing what the state is mandating," Miller said.

Center Point is applying for a $1 million DR-2 grant for storm water issues and a $50,000 planning grant for utilities.

Miller said the deadline for the DR-2 grant is in June, while the deadline for the planning grant is at the end of this month.

"I'm confident that they'll receive (the planning grant)," she said. "The DR-2 money, it's very competitive. I think there are maybe 10 counties in the state that are not eligible for this money. But you've got to try."

Miller is no stranger to working with Center Point. She's helped them obtain grants in the past and has been working independently as a grant writer for approximately 17 years.

"I did their sewer project about five or six years ago," Miller said. "They received a grant back then."

Meanwhile, the council informed the public it had received a mowing bid. However, the council has elected to put a hold on all mowing bids and will advertise both lots -- near the water tower and the former county park located on Cherry Street -- together for all bids.

The board said it would take bids by April 2.

The Center Point Town Council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at town hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., April 6.



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