$30,000 awarded Oakdale for planning project

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$30,000 awarded Oakdale for planning project

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $30,000 in 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) first cycle Planning funding to Oakdale for ongoing planning efforts.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $30,000 in 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) first cycle Planning funding to Oakdale for ongoing planning efforts.

The grant is part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are administered by DED.

Oakdale will use its $30,000 award to conduct a water system pre-engineering report and utility mapping plan. Originally constructed in the 1940s, the system no longer meets current customer service or fire protection needs. One of two wells is failing and needs to be replaced. Oakdale also will address Environmental Protection Agency health violations related to the presence of Coliform (TCR) in the potable water supply. GIS mapping will help the community better monitor and address potential and existing deficiencies in the water and wastewater systems.

This award marks the end of the first cycle of funding for planning projects from the 2014 CDBG allocations. Applications for a second cycle will be accepted beginning October 17, 2014. Applications to be considered must be postmarked on or before October 31. If funds remain following second cycle awards, DED will offer a third open cycle and accept applications until CDBG Planning Category funds are depleted.

Up to $30,000 is available for communities and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants.

Planning activities that are considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization, and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices may qualify, as do neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans.

Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation and transportation.

In addition, environmental, heritage tourism, and historic preservation studies, and pre-engineering studies for publicly-owned water/wastewater projects may qualify.

CONTACT Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3749, or kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov