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Breaking NewsTell City awarded $4.5 million grant for combined sewers

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By The Staff

TELL CITY – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman has announced that Tell City will receive a $4,447,000 grant, one of the largest funding awards in city history, to control its combined-sewer overflows. The money will be partnered with a $6.6 million low-interest loan from the state’s revolving fund.

The grant comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program, with funds made available to aid economic recovery after several natural disasters caused damage in many areas across the state during 2008.  

Indiana’s CDBG Disaster Recovery Program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.  

The project will eliminate sewage overflows from the city’s combined-sewer system into the Ohio River during storms and will also bring Tell City into compliance with environmental standards. Community distress needs, percentage of low-to-moderate income households served and the project’s impact on overall economic recovery efforts were considered in the scoring procedure.

“Updates to Tell City’s wastewater system are necessary for the health and safety of its residents,” said Skillman. “These improvements will not only help residents recover from last year’s disasters, but also lessen the damage they experience in future flooding events.”

Mayor Barbara Ewing said the grant affects every city ratepayer and will lessen the impact on residents by the state-mandated CSO project.  

“With the CSO project being a state-mandated project, the city was faced with the challenge of not only addressing the engineering aspect of the project, but also the financing of the project’s cost. “The grant award, partnered with a low-interest state revolving fund loan, will allow the city to proceed with this project and comply with the state mandate,” she said.

Watch for a full story in the Nov. 5 issue of The News.