Governor's Office for Local Development
Sturgis Awarded Grant for Sewer Rehabilitation Project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (May 23, 2008) –  Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), has announced the approval of a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a sewer rehabilitation project for the city of Sturgis. 

This grant, in addition to other state funds, will cover the costs associated with the rehabilitation of approximately 48,562 linear feet of sewer line using cured-in-place liners.  The City of Sturgis has an aged sanitary sewer system where approximately 95 percent of the lines are more than 20 years old.  This grant will improve service to approximately 747 customers. 

Due to excessive inflow/infiltration (I&I) problems, the city entered into an Agreed Order with the Department of Water (DOW) in 1998.  Sturgis has since made necessary improvements to have the Agreed Order terminated.  This CDBG funding will assist in making additional upgrades to eliminate all remaining sanctions.
Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The state’s CDBG program is managed by GOLD and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Approved grants are used to assist counties and cities in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.