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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2001

Governor Announces Community Development Grant Winners

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $1,250,000 in grants to 33 villages, cities, townships and counties. The grants are through a pair of initiatives funded by the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) for water and sewer planning projects, and the removal of architectural barriers to provide access for people with disabilities.

"These grants reflect our commitment in addressing basic quality of life issues for every Illinoisan," said Governor Ryan. "Upgrading water and sewer systems, and meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are areas where state government can step in and provide the resources to make the necessary improvements. These grants will help ensure a healthy and safe place to live for our citizens."

CDAP grants are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with Community Development Block Grant funds, and are administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) and are awarded through a competitive process.

"In addition to addressing quality of life issues for residents of these communities, these grants also improve infrastructure vital to promoting economic development," said DCCA Director Pam McDonough. "Infrastructure issues that are of concern to these counties and municipalities are also of importance to businesses and industry that may be looking to develop or expand in certain areas."

Planning Assistance grants for water and sewer projects address threats to public health and safety with the greatest benefit to those with low and moderate incomes. The Removal of Architectural Barrier grants assist local governments with rehabilitation necessary to meet ADA requirements.

In the City of Greenfield for example, a community of approximately 1,100 in Greene County, a $23,500 Planning Assistance grant will fund a study of its existing sanitary sewer system, which has experienced increased problems with residential sewer back-ups and discharging. CDAP funds will be used with local funds to investigate problem areas and develop a corrective action plan, which will include financing alternatives.

Examples of the projects to comply with ADA requirements include efforts in the Village of Ullin (Pulaski County) and the City of Beardstown (Cass County). The Village of Ullin will receive $76,530 to rehabilitate the village hall. The grant will provide funding for the renovation of existing rest rooms and for the installation of handicap parking.

In the City of Beardstown, $150,000 will be used to construct an elevator which will serve both the city hall and the Carnegie Library building.

A list of grant recipients for both programs follows:

2001 CDAP Removal of Architectural Barriers grantees
Grantee (County) Project DescriptionAmount Awarded
Beardstown, City of (Cass)Construct city hall elevator $150,000
Bowen, Village of (Hancock) Modify village hall $ 51,544
Braceville, Village of (Grundy) Modify village hall $ 55,000
Crainville, Village of (Williamson) Modify village hall $ 35,910
McNabb, Village of (Putnam) Modify all entrances of village hall $ 22,110
New Burnside, Village of (Johnson) Upgrade restrooms, doors, signage $ 31,000
Ottawa, City of (LaSalle) Modify city hall $ 113,798
Pulaski, Village of (Pulaski) Modify city hall $ 22,176
Saint Francisville, City of (Lawrence) Modify city hall $ 62,932
Spring Valley, City of (Bureau) Modify public library $ 129,000
Ullin, Village of (Pulaski) Modify village hall $ 76,530
11 Projects Awarded$750,000

2001 CDAP Planning Assistance Grantees

Grantee (County) Project Description Amount Awarded
Alexander County (Alexander) Study sewer system extension feasibility $22,500
Biggsville, Village of (Henderson) Study sources of water system contaminants $16,500
Bloomington Township (McLean) Develop a sewer study for Clearview Sanitary District $23,250
Brookport, City of (Massac) Planning study to separate water and sewer lines $22,500
DeSoto, Village of (Jackson) Study waste water treatment plant and collection system $23,500
Franklin Grove, Village of (Lee) Study current sanitary sewer collection system $24,500
Gardner, Village of (Grundy) Prepare plan for water system improvements; user rate study $20,250
Gillespie, City of (Macoupin) Study infiltration of sanitary sewer collection system $22,500
Greenfield, City of (Greene) Prepare study to alleviate ground water infiltration $23,500
Keensburg, Village of (Wabash) Study to determine source of leaks in water system $24,000
Lostant, Village of (LaSalle) Study to identify deficiencies of current water system $21,250
Mapleton, Village of (Peoria) Preliminary plan to construct sanitary sewer system $23,500
Mineral, Village of (Bureau) Feasibility study to construct sanitary sewer system $23,500
Montrose, Village of (Effingham) Develop plan to address storm sewer problems $23,500
Roanoke, Village of (Woodford) Study means to upgrade/replace water treatment plant $23,000
Rockbridge, Village of (Greene) Feasibility study to install waste water treatment system $23,000
Spring Bay, Village of (Woodford)Feasibility study of waste water collection and treatment $23,000
Steward, Village of (Lee) Feasibility study to construct a waste treatment system $23,500
Sun River Terrace, Village of (Kankakee) Develop plan for water system improvements $24,000
Tilden, Village of (Randolph) Investigate, prepare plan to address inflow of sewer system $22,000
Varna, Village of (Marshall) Preliminary plan to construct sanitary sewer system $23,250
Total Funded: 22
Total Amount Awarded:$500,000


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