City applies for $525,000 grant for sewer and water system upgrades

by | March 5, 2018 6:23 am

Sparta officials recently voted to move forward with filing an application that, if awarded, could bring in over $525,000 in funding for sewer and water system improvements for the city.

During the March 1, 2018, Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, members discussed that the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development annually issues Community Development Block Grants. Communities and counties across Tennessee can submit an application to request grants that would fund a specific project or community need.

Projects must have an objective to improve the quality of life within a specific community. The TDECD has six different categories of grant funding. Those categories include funding for water line extensions, sewer line extensions, water system improvements, sewer system improvements, housing rehabilitation, and community livability. Community livability projects include anything that is eligible under the federal legislative guidelines.

Popular community livability projects include rural fire protection, primary health care, drainage or street improvements, and other similar projects that are related to health and safety conditions within the community.

In nearby Van Buren County, the county government recently applied for a CDBG to purchase 40 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) for five volunteer fire departments in Van Buren County. In 2016, the City of Spencer was awarded a CBDG in the amount of $525,000 for water system rehabilitation.

The maximum amount the City of Sparta is eligible to receive from the CBDG is $525,000, plus a ThreeStar program bonus of up to $25,000. The city would have to provide a 10 percent match if the requested grant is awarded.

Following a brief discussion from the board, the request to file the CBDG application was approved unanimously.

In other business, the board:

-Approved a resolution to establish guidelines and a donation in the amount of $12,077.03 to the Sparta-White County Senior Citizens

-Authorized bids for replacement of water line hangers and pipe expansion under Calfkiller River Bridge, on Bockman Way

-Authorized bids for a trailer-mounted changeable message display board for public works

-Approved solicitation of applications for a utilities office manager

-Issued certificates of compliance for two current retail package stores

-Approved the purchase of a Pick-Up Boss system for electric department in the amount of $43,776

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., March 15, at city hall. The meeting is livestreamed on SpartaLive.com and The Expositor’s Facebook page.

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