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2/8/2013 3:22:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Birds-Pinkstaff looks to replace aging water lines
LAWRENCEVILLE -  Aging lines in the Birds-Pinkstaff Water District in northern Lawrence County could get replaced if a grant application comes through.

During a public hearing Thursday afternoon at the Lawrence County courthouse, Kara Kuykendall, representing the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission, who is writing the grant, explained that the water district is applying for a $400,000 Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) public infrastructure grant.

The grant comes through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

"This (grant) is to replace the water lines within the water system. It is my understanding that some of them were put in prior to 1940," Kuykendall said. "The water lines are starting to crumble. It's a health and safety factor for residents."

Grant funds would pay for almost half of the $1,095,276 total project cost. For the rest of the funds, the Birds-Pinkstaff Water District has applied to Rural Development Loan Assistance Program.

Following the public hearing, the Lawrence County Board passed a resolution of support for the project. Kuykendall explained that the grant applications must be made through a government entity. No county funds will be used for the project.

The application will be submitted by Feb. 15. The water district should find out if they have been awarded the funds by October. Kuykendall said if the grant goes through construction will start in about a year from now.


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