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Posted on: January 19, 2018

$12.9 million in Community Development Block Grants awarded for community improvement projects

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TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 32 communities will receive federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects, including sewer and water projects, housing rehabilitation and community facilities improvements. These communities will share a total of $12,927,726 in federal grants.

Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, 16 Kansas communities will share a total of $8,913,100 in federal grants for water and sewer projects, three Kansas communities will share $900,000 for housing rehabilitation and 13 communities will share $3,114,626 for community facility projects.

“We are excited to support so many deserving Kansas communities through CDBG grants,” said Interim Kansas Commerce Secretary Nick Jordan. “These federal grants help ensure our Kansas communities are kept beautiful, well-maintained and provide great places for Kansans to live, work, start businesses and raise their families.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives:

  • The grant will benefit low and moderate-income persons
  • The grant will prevent or eliminate slums and blight
  • The grant will resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so

The CDBG funds are one of the Department of Commerce’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominantly rural communities.


The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for water and sewer projects:

The City of Atlanta will receive $390,000 in CDBG funds to build a new water tower and replace various diameter waterlines throughout the city.  The city will provide matching funds it secured from USDA Rural Development in the amount of $769,069.

The City of Auburn will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make improvements to its wastewater collection system.  The city will provide $1,749,850 in matching funds it secured through USDA Rural Development.

The City of Belleville is being awarded $600,000 in CDBG funds to replace waterlines of various diameters throughout the city. The city will provide $601,142 in matching funds.  

The City of Burden will receive $307,100 in CDBG funds to make improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system.   The city will provide $307,100 in matching funds through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

The City of Emporia will make needed improvements to its wastewater collection system located in the downtown area through the use of a $700,000 CDBG grant.  The city will provide $735,000 in matching funds through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

The City of Enterprise will improve its wastewater treatment system through a CDBG grant for $600,000.  The city will provide matching funds from USDA Rural Development in the amount of $588,670 and city cash of $18,000.

The City of Goessel will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system.   The city will provide $2,127,580 in matching funds through USDA Rural Development.

The City of Hoisington will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system.   The city will provide $543,910 in matching funds through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

The City of Hope is being awarded $600,000 in CDBG funds to repaint the water tower, replace waterlines of various diameters and install new water meters throughout the city.  The city will provide matching funds through USDA Rural Development in the amount of $1,357,000. 

The City of Hoxie will improve its wastewater treatment system through a CDBG grant for $600,000.  The city will provide matching funds from USDA Rural Development in the amount of $3,459,966.  The city will replace an existing lift station and construct a new treatment lagoon to augment the existing lagoons. 

The City of Kanopolis is being awarded $600,000 in CDBG funds to repaint the water tower and replace waterlines of various diameters throughout the city. The city will provide matching funds through USDA Rural Development in the amount of $1,399,035.  

The City of Pomona will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to make improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system. The city will provide $3,471,220 in matching funds through USDA Rural Development.

The City of Preston is being awarded $316,000 in CDBG funds to build a new standpipe and replace waterlines of various diameters throughout the city.  The city will provide matching funds through USDA Rural Development in the amount of $684,000. 

The City of Pretty Prairie will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to construct a reverse osmosis water treatment plant and construct a new 50,000 gallon water tower.  The city will provide $1,817,600 in matching funds it secured from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

The City of Sedan will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to replace waterlines of various diameters throughout the city.  The city will provide matching funds through USDA Rural Development in the amount of $5,198,170. 

The City of Waverly will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to replace waterlines of various diameters throughout the city. The city will provide $720,050 in matching funds it secured from the USDA Rural Development.


The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for housing rehabilitation:

The City of Ellsworth has been awarded $300,000 in CDBG funds and pledged $23,250 in matching funds.  This grant will rehabilitate eight homes for owner-occupied and rental units and demolish five unoccupied dilapidated housing units.

The City of McPherson has been awarded a $300,000 grant to rehabilitate approximately 11 homes for low-to-moderate income families and demolish two unoccupied dilapidated housing units.  The CDBG funds will be matched with $82,500 in local funds.

The City of Sylvan Grove has been awarded a $300,000 grant to rehabilitate eight homes for owner-occupied and rental residents. This grant is matched with $16,000 in local funds.  Eight unoccupied dilapidated housing units will be demolished as well. 

 

The following communities have been awarded CDBG grants for community facilities projects:

Anderson County will receive $153,488 in CDBG grant funds to build a new fire station in Welda.  The county will contribute $153,488 county funds towards this project. 

The City of Attica will make improvements to its electric system through a CDBG grant of $341,512.  The city will provide $341,513 in matching funds.

The City of Coffeyville will reconstruct portions of 10th Street with $330,000 in CDBG funds to which the city will provide $400,000 in matching funds.

The City of Copeland will receive $68,000 in CDBG funds to purchase and install new playground equipment.  The city’s recreation commission will provide $35,000 in matching funds.

Decatur County will reconstruct a bridge near the city of Jennings with a CDBG grant of $126,698 that will be matched with county funds of equal amount. 

The City of Junction City will receive a CDBG grant for $188,244 to install new playground equipment in a city park located on West 5th Street.  The Bramlage Family Foundation will contribute $138,244 while the city will provide $50,000 in city funds as local match.

The City of Linn will make stormwater drainage improvements using a $196,142 CDBG grant.  The city will also contribute $30,000 in cash and $166,143 USDA Rural Development loan.

The City of Norcatur will receive $108,981in CDBG grant funds to build a new addition to an existing fire station in Norcatur.  The city will contribute $60,000 in cash towards this project. 

Phillips County will be awarded $146,089 in CDBG funds to reconstruct a bridge located on the east edge of the City of Long Island.  The county will contribute $141,688 in matching funds towards the project.

The City of Russell will receive $600,000 in CDBG funds to improve portions of Lincoln and 15th streets.  The city will provide $722,825 in matching funds.

The City of Sterling will receive $471,700 in CDBG funds to reconstruct portions of 4th and Monroe Streets near the city grade school.  The city will contribute $350,000 in local cash towards this project.

The City of Tescott will make stormwater drainage improvements using a $76,792 CDBG grant.  The city will also contribute $76,793 in cash to bring this project to fruition.

The City of Winchester will receive $306,980 in CDBG funds to improve portions of 3rd Street, Poplar Street and 2nd Street.  The city will provide $221,320 in matching funds.

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