Bourbon, Culver receive improvement grants

BOURBON — The Town of Bourbon’s wastewater department received confirmation of a grant for $800,000 for an infrastructure project that has long been awaited.
Wastewater Superintendent Mike Mc Farland said the town “was very pleased” about being awarded that grant which will replace the main lift station on south Ecker Street. “We don’t have a start date but I’d anticipate we would begin late January to early February,” he said.
Bourbon’s main lift station is integral to the works of the entire town connected to the wastewater utility as it is the main collection point (of three lagoons) for all the town’s waste. The present station equipment was installed in 1968, which led to McFarland’s opinion that “it was overdue for an overhaul.”
He also anticipates a fairly strong competition between firms to do the work as the town has already been contacted by six engineering firms.
“Hopefully that means that their bidding will get us a good cost estimate (for the work),” he said.
The grant, funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, a program made available to aid communities across the state after several natural disasters caused damage in 2008, is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
Community distress needs, the percentage of low-to-moderate income households served and the project’s impact on overall economic recovery efforts were all considered in the competitive application process for scoring to receive the grants.
The money Bourbon was awarded is part of the $34,423,314 that Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced would assist 38 Hoosier communities to better their infrastructure projects.
Culver was chosen to receive a federal Disaster Recovery 2 grant of $994,000, for use in $1.4 million in updates and repairs to the town’s sanitary sewer system and plant with no sewer rate increases for residents.
According to Town Council President Sally Ricciardi, the work will include replacing the head works, installing a retention tank for the overflow which occurs in times of heavy rainfall, as well as needed repairs to the sewer plant.
“We are excited about receiving this grant,” said Ricciardi, “as it will be a real cost savings to the community and allow us to complete a number of smaller projects at once that we would not have had the funds to do otherwise.”