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Town Of Center Point Receives OCRA Community Development

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Pictured above are, left to right: District 39 Senator Eric Bassler, District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton, client administrator Mary Lou Schnell of Midwestern Engineers, Center Point Clerk-Treasurer Roger Campbell, Center Point Town Councilwoman Helen Hoffa, and grant administrator Kristy Jerrell of Jerrell Consulting. (Courtesy Photo) Pictured above are, left to right: District 39 Senator Eric Bassler, District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton, client administrator Mary Lou Schnell of Midwestern Engineers, Center Point Clerk-Treasurer Roger Campbell, Center Point Town Councilwoman Helen Hoffa, and grant administrator Kristy Jerrell of Jerrell Consulting. (Courtesy Photo) District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton, along with the Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, recently presented the Town of Center Point with a Community Development Block Grant to improve their stormwater infrastructure.

“I commend the leaders of Center Point on their efforts to obtain this grant which is great news for the community,” Heaton said. “Improving this town’s stormwater infrastructure will not only reduce flooding and energy costs but also create jobs and spur economic growth.”

Through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), the grants are awarded annually to rural communities with pressing needs that require outside financial assistance. The grants are intended to help communities maintain a functioning, safe and attractive town for Hoosiers to call home.

Some of improvement projects might include sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs to list a few. Center Point, in Clay County, was awarded $500,000 to use for stormwater infrastructure improvements.

“I look forward to the positive impact this community improvement project will have in Center Point and appreciate all of the hard work put forth by our local leaders to acquire it,” Heaton added.

Center Point will utilize the grant funds 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.

For more information on the Community Development Block Grants, visit www.in.gov/ocra/2331.

Heaton represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

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