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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Community Development Block Grants awarded for water and sewer projects, housing rehabilitation and


The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 25 communities will receive federal grants for sewer and water project, housing rehabilitation and community facilities projects.

Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program 11 Kansas communities will share a total of $4,940,100 in federal grants for water and sewer projects, three Kansas communities will share $886,000 for housing rehabilitation and 11 communities will share $2,735,214 for community facilities projects.

“We are very excited at the Department of Commerce to be involved in so many deserving communities receiving this much needed funding,” said Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “These federal grants ensure that smaller and rural communities receive the necessary funds to keep their communities beautiful and thriving.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives. The grant must benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.

The CDBG funds are one of the Department of Commerce’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $450 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for water and sewer projects:

City of Edna, $500,000
The city of Edna will make major improvements to waste water collection system throughout the city. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $919,800 in matching funds.

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City of Bogue, $318,000
The city of Bogue proposes to build a new water transmission line to Hill City and well as 785 linear feet water distribution lines in Bogue. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $726,330 and the City will provide $100,000 in matching funds.

City of Hoisington, $500,000
The city will make major repairs and improvements to the city’s aging waste water system. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment will provide $798,040 in matching funds.

City of Moline, $500,000
This project will consist of repainting the city’s water tower as well as replacing water lines throughout the city. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $3,036,965 in matching funds.

City of Williamsburg, $500,000
The project will improve sanitary sewer lines and manholes throughout the city. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $2,351,925 and the City will provide $20,000 in matching funds.

City of Osage City, $500,000
The city proposes to make improvements to its waste water collection system to include sewer line replacement, manhole repair and upgrades to a lift station. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $595,000 in matching funds.

City of Chanute, $500,000
The project will repair or replace sewer lines and manholes. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city will jointly provide $961,378 in matching funds.

City of Colony, $307,000
The city will rehabilitate approximately 15,100 linear feet of clay sewer lines. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office will provide $307,000 in matching funds.

City of Cherokee, $315,100
This project will make improvements to the city’s waste water treatment lagoons. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment will provide $280,900 and the city will provide $34,200 in matching funds.

City of Argonia, $500,000
The project will consist of the construction of a new water treatment plant to serve the city of Argonia. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $1,984,561 in matching funds.

City of Miltonvale, $500,000
This project will make major improvements to the city’s water distribution system. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide $510,134 in matching funds.


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The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for community facilities projects:

Anderson County, $60,000
Anderson County will purchase one Brush Truck for Anderson County Fire District #1. Anderson County will provide $60,000 in matching funds.

City of Norton, $400,000
The City of Norton will fully reconstruct a two block stretch of Crane Street and two blocks of North 2nd Ave. The city will contribute $439,200 in matching funds towards the project.

City of Russell, $400,000
The project will consist of reconstructing a half mile stretch of an existing four lane roadway on U.S. 281 in Russell. The city will contribute $2,278,100 in matching funds.

City of Harper, $115,572
The city will reconstruct four blocks of Pine Street from 10th to 14th streets. Work will include street reconstruction as well as ancillary drainage structures. The city will contribute $173,073 in matching funds.

City of Ellis, $400,000
The city will reconstruct portions of Cottonwood, Dorrance and Spruce Street. The city will contribute $413,859 in matching funds.

City of Yates Center, $80,430
The City of Yates Center plans to make sidewalk and parking lot improvements in three parks and ballfields to address American with Disabilities Act deficiencies. The city will contribute $80,430.

City of Lincoln Center, $400,000
The city plans to replace an electrical power generation engine and associated electrical and mechanical controls. The city will contribute $507,000 in matching funds.

Cherokee County, $193,836
This project will consist of a major reconstruction of bridge deck & rails of the Galena viaduct. The county will contribute $193,837 in matching funds.

City of Little River, $400,000
The city will reconstruct portions of Kansas Avenue and Main Street. The city will contribute $420,550 in matching funds.

Cheyenne County, $116,376
With this grant, Cheyenne County will purchase a new ambulance for Cheyenne County Emergency Medical Service District #1. The county will contribute $85,000 in matching funds.

City of Atchison, $169,000
The city will make general sidewalk and accessibility improvements in an area bounded by Eighth and Main Streets, and 10th and Kansas Streets. The city will contribute $205,665 in matching funds.


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The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for housing rehabilitation:

City of McPherson, $300,000
The City of McPherson has a population of 13,155 and is located in McPherson County. This grant will rehabilitate 13 homes for owned and rental units. The project also includes demolition of four unoccupied units. The city will contribute $71,000 in local funds.

City of Minneapolis, $286,000
The City of Minneapolis has a population of 1,737 and is located in McPherson County. This grant will rehabilitate eight homes for low-to-moderate income families and demolish three unoccupied housing units. The city will contribute $7,500 in local funds.

City of Moundridge, $300,000
The city of Moundridge has a population of 1,885 and is located in Ottawa County. This grant will rehabilitate 12 homes for owner occupied and rent residents of Moundridge. The city will contribute $38,000 in local funds.

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