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Cloverdale And Center Point Receive Grant Dollars To Fund Storm Sewer Improvements

Staff Report

The Towns of Clover­dale and Center Point were both recently awarded $500,000 Federal Commu­nity Development Block Grants, administered by the Indiana Office of Com­munity & Rural Affairs.

Cloverdale plans to uti­lize the funding to install 4,150 linear feet of new storm sewers, larger ca­pacity storm water pipes and additional storm water drainage structures. New catch basis and manholes will be installed along La­fayette Street, from Logan Street to Doe Creek.

“Because of the team effort from our engineer, grant administrator, town officials and residents, the Town of Cloverdale was awarded this vital grant,” Cloverdale Town Council President Coweta Patton said. “Everyone worked so hard because the town needed this grant so des­perately. These improve­ments will make an over­whelming impact on the town and we are so grate­ful for this grant award.”

The Cloverdale Town Council will soon let bids for the project, with con­struction likely to begin in the spring of 2015 to up­date the antiquated 1950s system.

The council created a monthly stormwater charge for residents of $1 for residential use and $2 for commercial use to help sustain the system, but residents also recently received a break in water and sewer utility charges.

A new volumetric rate provides a monthly charge of $65.80 for those us­ing 4,000 gallons of wa­ter,

$56.10 for those us­ing 3,000 to 3,999 gallons and $47.40 for those us­ing 2,000 to 2,999 gallons and $47.40 for those us­ing 2,000 to 2,999 gallons. Residents previously paid a flat rate of $70 each month.

In Clay County, Cen­ter Point will utilize its $500,000 grant to install approximately 1,700 lin­ear feet of storm sewers, including larger capacity storm water lines of 12 to 30 inches, 12 to 24 inch PVC storm water lines, six manholes, 10 inlets, 15 end sections and a related ditch and grading improve­ments. The community has experienced major issues since floods in the summer of 2008. Its current storm water system dates back to the late 1960s.

“I am extremely excit­ed for the Town of Center Point especially with all of the rain and weather that we experienced this spring,” noted Center Point Town Council President Roy Smith. “This project will alleviate the storm water issues in our town. On Monday, July 7, we experienced a one and a half inch rain event in a two-hour time period and there was standing water all over town. This proj­ect will take care of those standing water issues and make a positive impact on this community.”

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