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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 1999

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $500,000 IN GRANTS FOR CRITICAL PROJECT PLANNING

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that 22 communities across the state will share $500,000 for the planning of critical sewer and water projects.

"Communities across this state have pressing infrastructure needs that are vital to the health and safety of their residents," Ryan said. "These grants are going to villages and towns that can no longer wait to start planning critical sewer and water projects."

One of the projects will examine ways to bring suitable drinking water to four communities in Northern Illinois, while another will study alternatives for providing a village in Southern Illinois with a public sewer system.

The Village of Dana is receiving $23,500 to develop a strategy to obtain a drinkable water supply for the communities of Dana, Long Point, Ancona and Reading, which are located south of Streator. None of the communities currently has a public water supply, and residents must rely on wells and water hauled by truck. All of these villages share the problems of water quantity and quality.

The Village of Springerton in White County will receive $23,000 to investigate sewage treatment alternatives. Currently, each household in Springerton is served by individual, private septic systems. Due to local conditions, many of the septic systems malfunction, resulting in sewage discharging into ditches and yards.

The Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Planning Assistance grants are awarded on a competitive basis by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. A total of 38 communities requested more than $912,000 in assistance during the most recent application process. The grants are available through fiscal year 1999 budget allocations.

"Many of our smaller communities simply can't afford major infrastructure projects on their own. At DCCA, we're committed to helping local officials address the basic needs of their community and improve the quality of life," DCCA Director Pam McDonough said.

Attached is a list of communities receiving grants.

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1999 CDAP Planning Assistance Grantees

Aledo, City of (Mercer)Study to determine alternatives to eliminate sewer system deficiencies$23,500
Alma, Village of (Marion)Study to develop community sewer system23,000
Ashmore, Village of (Coles)Study to alleviate severe flooding and drainage problems23,500
Augusta, Village of (Hancock)Sanitary sewer study to decrease contributors of extraneous inflow23,500
Benton, City of (Franklin)Develop plan to remedy sanitary sewage backups21,500
Chadwick, Village of (Carroll)Planning study to address problems with water and sewer infrastructure23,500
Champaign County (Champaign)Investigate surface flooding in unincorporated Scottswood23,500
Chebanse, Village of (Kankakee)Planning study to improve sanitary sewage disposal23,500
Colp, Village of (Williamson)Plan to identify deficiencies with sewer system23,500
Dana, Village of (LaSalle)Strategy to obtain a water supply for Dana, Long Point, Ancona, and Reading23,500
Denning Township (Franklin)Plan to evaluate feasibility of constructing sanitary sewers23,000
Hamilton, City of (Hancock)Sanitary sewer study in targeted area23,500
Hanover, Village of (JoDaviess)Study to address health and safety deficiencies of current water supply20,500
Joy, Village of (Mercer)Investigate existing sanitary sewer system for inflow and filtration sources20,000
Lacon, City of (Marshall)Prepare water supply and treatment study23,500
Lisbon, Village of (Kendall)Analysis of causes of storm water flooding and solutions18,500
McLeansboro, City of (Hamilton)Develop plan to improve sewer system23,500
Metcalf, Village of (Edgar)Conduct drainage study to alleviate severe flooding23,000
Philadelphia Township (Cass)Study to investigate constructing rural water distribution system22,500
Saint Elmo, City of (Fayette)Study to investigate leaks and low pressure in water system23,000
Sheldon, Village of (Iroquois)Preparation of sanitary sewer system in accordance with IEPA requirements23,500
Springerton, Village of (White)Study to construct a community-wide sewer system23,000
Total Funded: 22Total Amount Awarded:$500,000

NOTE: CDAP grants are awarded to units of local government with populations of 50,000 or less that are not located within one of Illinois' eight large urban counties that receive funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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