The Knightsville Town Council met Tuesday night for its monthly meeting and discussed its ongoing water project.
On hand to provide updates and information was Richard Burch, President of Midwestern Engineers Inc. (MEI), and Kristy Jerrell, economic development planner for West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc.
Burch informed the council he had the council's application for federal assistance for rural development.
"It's in the amount of $1,655,500, which is the project that you approved with the OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) planning study. This application asks for federal assistance of $1,550,500, and with the state of Indiana through OCRA ... you'll get that grant of $600,000."
The water system planning study that has been in the works for quite some time will show the town where problems are in their water system. According to the council, themain problem with the water system is they are losing water and not receiving payments.
Jerrell then updated the council on where it stands in the process and some changes that have been made.
"On Aug. 1, 2011, OCRA did approve your preliminary engineering that Richard (Burch) had done, so now we are in the process of close-out, to get you closed-out of this grant," Jerrell said. "Then we can start preparing your application for OCRA.
"One disheartening piece of information ... OCRA has been cut in funding again. Instead of two rounds a year and $30 million, they've gone down to one competitive funding round. Last round, only eight infrastructure projects in the town were funded, and they have about $8 million."
Jerrell said the changes will affect how the council is awarded the funding, but in some ways it will help.
"It's going to be a little bit more competitive," Jerrell said. "One good note with you guys is that your income survey, which is your national objective, came out very low, which was 51.86.
"They're refiguring all the scoring now so where the factors that you really have control over such as your local match, your philanthropic and all your narratives for the application will actually be scored higher than your distress and your LMI which is your income survey...but I think you'll have a pretty competitive chance."
Jerrell said the council should know by June if they have received the grant.
Jerrell had paperwork for the council to sign to continue the project moving forward.
The Knightsville Council will hold a public hearing regarding the water project on Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the Knightsville Community Center.
The Knightsville Town Council meets regularly the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Knightsville Community Center.