$1.48 million awarded for public works and water/wastewater projects

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$1.48 million awarded for public works and water/wastewater projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1.48 million in Community Development Block Grant funding in the Public Works and Water/Wastewater categories.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1.48 million in Community Development Block Grant funding in the Public Works and Water/Wastewater categories.

Federal funds are made available to DED from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG program to assist with the development of businesses and communities throughout the state. Funding requests for this program are administered by DED and are available to local governments with populations less than 50,000 and counties in Nebraska.

Of six communities that applied, the following four received funding for public works projects:

Blue Hill (pop.936) received $250,000 to improve approximately four blocks of street (1,250 linear feet) near the downtown business district, and upgrade a water line along one block. Matching funds of $537,678 will complete the project. For more information contact Keri Schunk at 402-756-2056 or cityofbluehill@gtmc.net

Burwell (pop.1,216) was awarded $250,000 to replace and/or expand existing storm sewer infrastructure in the northwest part of the city, which is adjacent to the downtown district. The existing 24-inch storm sewer (built in the 1960s) carries 9 cubic feet per second (CFS) and was designed to accommodate storm flow from a smaller urban area than currently exists.This project will replace and/or expand the existing sewer system thereby preventing potential flooding and stormwater damage to residents and downtown businesses, most especially the Burwell Housing Authority,located within potential flood path, which serves 113 low-to-moderate-income residents. Matching funds of $537,678 will complete the project. For more information contact Sandy Psota, Clerk/Treasurer, at 308-346-4509 or cityofburwell@nctc.net

Ewing (pop.377) will use its $250,000 funds to replace deteriorating street pavement and construct storm sewer outlets along Lincoln and North streets—two areas of the village lacking proper drainage infrastructure and at high risk for flooding. This project is considered urgent and the village’s top priority. Matching funds of $150,000 will complete the project. For more information contact Sharon Swails, Village Clerk, at 402-626-7718 or Ewingcity@telebeep.com

Ravenna (pop.1,374) received $250,000 to construct a storm sewer along a six-block area, from Garfield Avenue to Milan Avenue, continuing along Milan Avenue from Genoa Street to Syracuse Street. Due to the absence of a drainage system in the area, the streets and neighborhoods are continually flooded. Genoa Street, in particular, is a “collector street” where heavier traffic flow is common. Flooding in this area prevents residents from safely accessing their homes. A 2007 drainage study indicated that many pipes are undersized to effectively handle even a ten-year event. Matching funds of $371,645 will complete the project. For more information contact Kellie Crowell at 308-452-3273 or KCrowell@ravennanebraska.net

The following two communities received funding for water/wastewater projects:

Terrytown (pop.1,187) was awarded $250,000 for water system improvements that include installing water mains to connect the City with the City of Gering’s water system. Matching funds of $380,150 will complete the project. For more information contact Linda Green at 308-632-7212 or cityofterrytown@cityoftt.com

Ohiowa (pop.112) received $230,000 to install a new water distribution system, hydrants and valves. Matching funds of $392,000, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, will complete the project. For more information contact Heather Schultz at 402-759-3197 or villageofohiowa@yahoo.com
For more information about public works, or water/ wastewater funding, contact Rebecca Schademann at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3172 or rebecca.schademann@nebraska.gov

Media Contact Kate Ellingson at 1-800-426-6505, 1-402-471-3749 or email kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov