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CANNELTON - Comments are being accepted and a grant administrator is being sought in an opportunity to remedy storm-water issues in Cannelton.
Nathan Held, a project assistant with the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, said at a public hearing May 11 the city could apply for up to $1 million through an economic-stimulus opportunity geared toward storm-water systems.
Areas along Knight Street near the bridge and St. Louis Avenue are targeted for work, he said. In the former, storm water will be directed more efficiently and drainage capacity will be improved if the application is approved.
On St. Louis Avenue, flooding near the Polk Street intersection will be eliminated and failing sandstone pipes will be replaced.
Applications are due June 12, Held said, and awards will be announced at the end of July.
The Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates engineering firm prepared a preliminary engineering report in 2007 on the combined-sewer-overflow problem in Cannelton, he explained.
Cities throughout the state have been instructed to separate storm from sanitary sewers, which during heavy rains can cause sewage to spill into public waters. They can also add to city expenses when rain enters sanitary systems and gets processed at water-treatment plants.
A 2008 application intended to fix both types of sewer was denied, Held noted, and the city resubmitted an application for the sanitary sewer alone.
For the storm-sewer funding, a representative of the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs visited the city, he added, and is aware that basement flooding and other drainage issues exist.
The grant for which he's applying would cover all of the actual work, but the city may have to pay approximately $24,000 in related fees.
Held will ask city officials to approve the application at their next meeting.
Anyone interested in providing comments about the application or serving as the grant administrator should contact Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth at City Hall, 547-8994.