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Special session scheduled for Tuesday

Hearing set for CDBG grant

Mar 23, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


A public hearing will be held on a Community Development Block Grant the City of Washington is submitted to enhance its sewer and streets projects and action is expected on the grant when the council meets in special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Public Library.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the council has to authorize the application. A public hearing will be part of the process. If it is authorized, the application will be submitted to the state before April 1. He expects to know by July 1 whether the city received the $600,000 funding from the grant. The grant will benefit the southeast sewer basin project.

He said the council has budgeted $1 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget for sewer work on the southeast area of town to mitigate inflow and infiltration (I & I) in the sewer pipes. He said the $600,000 grant would make a really significant project.

In November 2016, FOX Engineering did a survey of the southeast sewer basin. Hinson said the project is based on the report. In December 2016, Hinson wrote that hopefully by doing a couple of larger projects over the next few years, the city could work toward elimination of basement backups in all but the most extreme circumstances. He said this is the goal of I & I reduction efforts.

An estimate is an overall 40 percent reduction, which he said would reduce backups in that area.

Hinson said the projection for the first five years of the plan was $1.7 million and that the city may be in a position to get most of that with a general obligation bond issuance.

Last year the city received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $600,000 to help pay for the $6 million water treatment plant project.

When the City of Washington built its new $16 million wastewater treatment plant, the city received a $600,000 grant to help fund it.

Hinson said $600,000 is the largest CDBG that can be awarded.

The council is also scheduled to discuss the site plans for the proposed Pennsylvania Town Homes, which is to be built on the former site of Goncho Apartments.

The plan is to construct six 2-story town houses on the site.

The Goncho Apartments building was demolished late last month.

Hinson said that the site plan was discussed by the city’s planning and zoning committee.

The council is also expected to discuss parking around Marshall’s Furniture as well as park shelter roofing for the coming year, and endorsement of grant applications to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.

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