Town Council members announced the Town of Carbon will be upgrading the wastewater and sewage system at its monthly meeting Monday evening.
Council members are working with Grant Administrator Kristy Jerrell from West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., and Project Engineer Tracy Boehner from Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., to move forward with improvements.
Jerrell wrote a grant requesting $28,800 to Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The grant was approved May 6, and the town began a wastewater engineering study.
The project has to be approved by OCRA, and then Boehmer, Jerrell and the council will collectively discuss the project.
"Everything costs so much money, so the town will need to prioritize improvements, match up funding sources and apply for construction," Jerrell said.
A draft must be submitted to the town council by the end of July, and the final plan will be submitted to OCRA by the end of August. The town will have to submit a construction application in mid-March, but the money won't be awarded until the end of next May. Construction wouldn't begin until late fall 2012, if awarded.
"The town has a lot of need and distress about this. They are under a compliance schedule with IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) concerning the amounts of ammonia and E. coli, but it isn't harmful to the people," Jerrell said.
In other news, the town finished painting the water tower, and are now discussing painting objects in Carbon Park, such as the benches.
Carbon's clean-up day, May 7, was a success according to Carbon Town Council President Joann Rightsell.
"The town looks a lot nicer after the people cleaned up their yards because we helped them get rid a lot of the stuff they no longer needed," Rightsell said.
The Carbon Town Council meets regularly on the first Monday of each month at Town Hall. However, the next meeting falls on July 4, and has been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5.