2014-12-09 / Front Page

Town Of Cloverdale Awarded Federal Grant To Improve Stormwater System

Staff Report


Pictured above are, left to right: District 44 State Representative Jim Baird, District 37 State Senator Rodric Bray, Sarah Hudson of Curry & Associates Engineering, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, grant administrator Kristy Jerrell of Jerrell Consulting, and Cloverdale Clerk-Treasurer Cheryl Galloway. (Courtesy Photo) Pictured above are, left to right: District 44 State Representative Jim Baird, District 37 State Senator Rodric Bray, Sarah Hudson of Curry & Associates Engineering, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, grant administrator Kristy Jerrell of Jerrell Consulting, and Cloverdale Clerk-Treasurer Cheryl Galloway. (Courtesy Photo) District 44 State Representative Jim Baird and District 37 State Senator Rodric Brayn, along with Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, recently presented the Town of Cloverdale with a Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to improve its stormwater infrastructure.

Cloverdale plans to utilize the $500,000 grant 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.”

Construction is 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.

Administered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), CDBG 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.

For more information on the CDBG program, visit www.in.gov/ocra/2331.

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