Grant Match Approved for Proposed Water Project in Knox

Knox City Council
Knox City Council

The Knox City Council discussed a grant match amount for the proposed water project.

The project will replace outdated galvanized lines and repair pressure issues to fire hydrants. Water Superintendent Todd Gardner told the Board of Public Works recently that the section of line around brown circle on Delamatyr and Fisher and Adam will be replaced. The other part of the project would extend lines to Mound Street and Myrtle Court. Washington Street and Allen Drive would also be involved.  The project may also include an extension of lines from Williams Street to John Street.

The city is looking to get an OCRA grant worth $350,000 for this project. The city match would be 20 percent or $70,000. During last night’s meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that if the city were to provide a higher percentage match, they would be eligible for more points on the application than what the city would otherwise receive. The lower water rate and other issues could knock down the chance of getting a grant.

The city council unanimously approved a motion to earmark $87,500 or a 25 percent match for the grant.

The grant proposal will be submitted by March 26, and the full application will be submitted by May 29. K-IRPC is assisting the city in obtaining the grant by completing all of the necessary paperwork.