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Richmond receives $500K grant

By The Herald Staff | 1/22/2014

Water relief is coming for the citizens of Richmond.

The Kansas Department of Commerce awarded the City of Richmond $500,000 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, according to a press release from the department. The grant was awarded to help fund the city’s replacement of water lines and implementation of a new meter reading system. Along with the grant, the city garnered more than $1.3 million reserved for the project through other grants and the city’s water fund. Richmond was one of 10 rural communities in Kansas to receive the grant.

Water relief is coming for the citizens of Richmond.

The Kansas Department of Commerce awarded the City of Richmond $500,000 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, according to a press release from the department. The grant was awarded to help fund the city’s replacement of water lines and implementation of a new meter reading system. Along with the grant, the city garnered more than $1.3 million reserved for the project through other grants and the city’s water fund. Richmond was one of 10 rural communities in Kansas to receive the grant.

Marla Gadelman, Richmond city clerk, said the project would fix large amounts of water loss caused by multiple leaks in the water lines or inaccurate meter readings.

The CDBG program funds projects for housing, public facilities and economic development needs for small and rural communities. According to the press release, about $4.5 million was awarded to the 10 communities, and the program has provided more than $300 million in the last decade.

“These grants will help fund several important projects in communities across our state,” Pat George, Kansas Commerce secretary, said in the press release. “It’s great that we can use CDBG grants to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the economy and quality of life in Kansas.”

A start date for the project’s construction has yet to be determined.

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