PREBLE COUNTY — A contract with CDM Smith for an economic study for Sewer District Six (SD6) was considered for approval during the commissioners meeting on Monday, Aug. 6. A meeting with CDM Smith will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. in open session during the Preble County Commissioners’ meeting.
According to Sanitary Engineer Bob Kohnen Kurtis Strickland with Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) submitted an application with the Army Corps of Engineers for the project sometime in the past. Preble County has been awarded a Section 594 Grant in the amount of approximately $1.052 million.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, “Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Public Law I 06-53), Section 594 to help alleviate some of the environmental infrastructure problems throughout the state. The law provides a program of federal assistance through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Specifically, the law states that assistance may be provided for design and/or construction of publicly owned water related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects. The program’s federal authorization is $240 million. The Section 594 Environmental Infrastructure Program is applicable to the entire State of Ohio and falls within the boundaries of four USACE districts. The program objective is to provide design and/or construction assistance to non-federal interests for carrying out water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in the State of Ohio.”
“The grant a 75/25 sharing grant. The person from the army corps contacted us. $75,000 of that goes towards the corps administration,” Kohnen explained. “Obviously there is more funding that will be needed, but that’s roughly a million dollars available. This is before Fred Smith has done any economic studies.”
There is no deadline on this grant funding, according to officials.
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