Nashville, TN (2018-01-30) The Town of Oneida was one of several communities in Tennessee to recently be awarded Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements. Oneida will use the money for wastewater system improvements.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved nearly $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grants, which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.
“I congratulate the 66 communities receiving the CDBG funds,” Haslam said. “By investing in themselves, these communities are taking steps to create better a working and living environment for their citizens, and helping Tennessee lead in economic development, putting us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” he added.
“With the assistance of the CDBG funds, each grantee is taking the initiative to enhance their community, which will in turn create more economic development opportunities for the members of those communities,” Rolfe said.
The Town of Oneida will use the funds to complete improvements to its wastewater treatment plant, which began last year. According to Mayor Jack E. Lay, who is also manager of the water and wastewater department, the latest round of funding will bring the city’s aging treatment plant into compliance with EPA standards. “We started last year modernizing the plant, and these funds will finalize the project,” Lay said. The second phase of the wastewater treatment project will cost $632,600, which will largely be funded by the $525,000 grant. The local matching share of the grant will be provided from revenues generated by the wastewater system, not taxpayer dollars.
The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements and extensions, housing rehabilitation, health and safety projects as well as commercial façade improvements in Main Street and Tennessee Downtown communities. Commercial façade grants can be used for new awnings and signs, painting, building repair and other upgrades.