Nortonville residents benefit from grant
by Dennis Sharkey
Thanks to a federal grant the north side of Nortonville is looking better and it didn’t cost the city a thing.
City Clerk Barbara Polson reported to the city council earlier this month that a federal grant to rehabilitate dilapidated homes and demolition was finally closed out by the city and a public hearing will be held in October to finalize the project.
Polson said the city was able to help 11 homes in the city and three homes were demolished. The three homes demolished had not been resided in for decades and were falling apart.
Projects including putting new siding on a house, a new furnace for another house and other utility projects. Some houses were updated with handicapped accessible bathrooms.
Polson said the idea for the project began three years ago and took some time to develop.
“If you take care of the homes they last longer and the neighborhood looks nicer,” Polson said. “It kind of drug on it seemed like, but it was a very successful project in the eyes of the state.”
Polson said the project has also been contagious and has motivated other neighbors to improve their properties.
The city is already thinking about the next block grant that can be utilized. She said she expects the council to focus on infrastructure projects. In August the council approved 400 feet of new sewer line for the west side and the city will seek bids soon.
The city has also secured a USDA grant and loan to replace a portion of the city’s water lines and will replace the city’s 70-year-old water tower.
The city will get a $622,000 low interest loan to accompany a $493,000 grant for the entire project.
The project will also involve a half-mile water line connection to Atchison County Rural Water District No. 5. Polson said the water valve will be a two-way water flow line to allow water to be supplied to Nortonville by No. 5 or vice versa if either system were to ever fail.
“It’s a frugal way and it’s a win, win way for everyone,” Polson said.
The city will advertise for bids next month and Polson hopes the project could begin in early 2011.
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