Vevay gets $1 million grant for storm sewers

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The town of Vevay has been notified that it has received a $1 million grant from the State of Indiana. The funds will be used for stormwater improvement projects in town.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman announced the grant on Tuesday, which comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

Vevay Town Councilman Tye Sullivan said that the grant will allow the town to further its already ongoing efforts to improve the storm sewers in the town, noting that some areas have already been addressed, but that many other parts of town have been identified as needing attention in terms of stormwater runoff.

“We are extremely happy to be awarded this grant,” Tye Sullivan said. “It’s going to allow us to continue our storm sewer project and it will really benefit many town residents.”

“In these tough economic times, it is critical to leverage all of the resources we can to help our small towns grow and meet the needs of their residents,” Lieutenant Governor Skillman said. “Stormwater infrastructure is critical to our communities. It only takes a few minutes for a storm to cause damage that will lead to weeks, months, and sometimes years of recovery work.”

The grant to the town of Vevay was one of 28 grants that were approved for Indiana communities, totaling $24 million.

Vevay and the other communities will use the funds for projects that will include new or improved pipes, manholes, curbs, or drains. Community distress needs, percentage of low-to-moderate income households served, and the project’s impact on the overall economic recovery efforts in a community were all considered in the grant application procedure.

The town of Osgood received a grant of $995,000; and the city of North Vernon received a grant of $1 million.