City receives funding from Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure Grant

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Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today nearly $14 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 28 rural Hoosier communities across 5 programs.

Applications for Round 2 of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) were due to OCRA on September 1, 2017. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety, and to improve the quality of life of citizens.

“As Indiana’s Secretary of Rural Development, I’m excited that we’re awarding $14 million to 28 rural communities across Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents’ quality of life.”

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW) are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible WDW projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The City of Salem has been awarded $550,000 for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. The project will make improvements to their wastewater treatment plant that was severely damaged in a flood event that the City experiences in May of 2017. It will benefit residents by addressing a severely damaged and failing wastewater treatment plant and help keep wastewater rates affordable to the residents.