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Camden, Flora receive grants for improvement projects

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded three local communities grants for improvement projects, according to State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

Clinton County received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to construct a new fire station to effectively serve the citizens of Forest.

Camden received a $500,000 grant for the installation of new stormwater drainage infrastructure that will eliminate flooding and reduce safety hazards on roads and sidewalks.

Flora received a $600,000 grant to improve the water system and better serve water utility users by replacing the well and high service pumps and rehabilitating storage tanks and the filter building.

“Using these grants to improve safety and revitalize our communities will continue increasing the quality of place in our area,” VanNatter said. “Investing in rural towns and counties benefits the residents and can help attract even more Hoosiers and businesses to our communities.”

VanNatter said more than $15 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural communities through the program. Rural communities applied for these grants across five programs including blight clearance programs, main street revitalization programs, public facilities programs, stormwater improvement programs and wastewater drinking water programs.

An additional round of block grants is available, with proposals due Dec. 1, 2017, and final applications due Feb. 9, of next year. Visit www.in.gov/ocra for more information.

State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38, which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton Counties.