Last night, the Winamac Town Council hosted a public hearing Monday evening in order to discuss the the $1.5 million water project. The project will include two new ten inch wells and well houses, two river borings, and a 7,000 foot extension of the water line in order to connect it to the water plant and the new wells. According Water Department Superintendent Jeremy Beckner, both current wells are more than 100 years old and nearing the end of their lifespan.
More than one million dollars for the project is coming out of the town’s water fund but in order to help cover the cost, the council has applied for a $550,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Their application must be in by September 1 in order to be eligible for the grant.
Mike Kleinpeter, the grant administrator from Kleinpeter Consulting Group addressed the council about specifics related to the project. Winamac is competing with at least 15 other communities for this grant and anywhere from 8 to 11 could be selected. The council will find out whether or not they’ve received funding on October 12.