Cromwell Receives OCRA Grant for Water Rehabilitation Project | News Sun

CROMWELL — The Cromwell Water Rehabilitation Project will move forward with a $700,000 federal grant announced Thursday by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

” We are pleased ! said Cromwell Clerk-Treasurer Kayla Pauley. “That means, in a nutshell, a difference in a 20% rate increase for residents.”

Cromwell’s project will improve water quality and service through upgrades to its aging water treatment plant, 1974 elevated water tower, fire hydrant replacement and installation new water meters.

Cromwell’s project is on a schedule for construction to start later this year and finish in 2023.

Cromwell’s bid was successful in this round after missing a previous round. Matt Brinkman, executive director of Region 3-A, said he has yet to receive comment from state officials on why Cromwell was chosen this time around, but thinks the need for the town was obvious.

“Generally, OCRA looks at project needs,” Brinkman said. “They saw the need there with an aging water system in need of repairs. It’s a small town that needs a sufficient amount of drinking water.

OCRA has distributed more than $12.2 million in federal community development grants to 20 rural Indiana communities. Local governments can use these CDBC funds for infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“Grants awarded to these communities will support needed projects that may not have been possible without the assistance of this funding,” Crouch said. “By improving water supply infrastructure and public facilities, communities improve the public health and safety of their residents.

Cromwell received the maximum grant amount of $700,000 from the Wastewater-Drinking Water program. Other cities and towns that have received state grants under this program include Wheatland, Ridgeville, Hartford City, Gas City, Otternein, Jasonville, Shoals, Brownstown, Liberty, Oldenburg, Brooklyn, Walkerton, Seelyville, and Aurora.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the Community Development Block Grant programs. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs administers the fund for the state.

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