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10/17/2013 10:01:00 PM
Glencoe Awarded CDBG Funds

The Town of Glencoe recently received a state grant for the first phase of a much-needed water project, according to Sen. James Halligan and Rep. Dennis Casey.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce/ Office of Community Development awarded a $4,500 Community Development Block Grant in the Water & Wastewater Engineering "Phase I" category for the project.

Phase I funds will be used for applicable project engineering and Phase I administrative costs. Phase II funding will be used to replace the existing water line along the south side of Shepherd Street for five blocks.

Halligan, R-Stillwater, said the CDBG Water & Wastewater Engineering "Phase I" set-aside was developed to fund water and wastewater projects that require more than one year to complete through a "phased approach". Phase I of the Water and Wastewater program will cover only engineering costs, plus an appropriate amount of administration.

This approach will ensure the most proper technical solutions to the applicants' water and wastewater problems within the budget that is available. Additionally, it will help improve coordination among other state agencies (both permitting and financing), and improve the timeliness of CDGB expenditures. Once the applicant receives the applicable Construction Permit, ODOC/CD will issue a Phase II award for construction.

Each year the Oklahoma Department of Commerce makes CDBG funds available to eligible incorporated towns, cities and counties. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through a competitive grant process that utilizes an established set of threshold and rating criteria all applicants must meet.

Casey, R-Morrison, said this project will benefit over 600 residents.

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