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Corydon prepares to survey residents

June 11, 2014 | 07:45 AM

The Town of Corydon is planning on updating its Comprehensive Plan and is asking for help in the effort from residents in the town.

The last Comprehensive Plan by the town was in June 2007.

In order to pursue block grants that are available to towns and cities, the town is required to have an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan, Jill Saegesser of the River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission, said.

"The town wants to update its Comprehensive Plan to help meet those requirements, but we also want to make sure everyone has input on how they'd like to see Corydon move forward," Saegesser said. "The last one was done prior to a lot of things changing in the town, including what has happened with the old Keller property. It's not that old, but there has been a lot of change."

The maximum amount that the town could receive from a block grant it is pursuing is $40,000, and the town would have to match 10 percent of a project cost. The amount could be less, or it could be more, at which point the town would have to cover the remainder of the cost for a project.

Block grants are a way for the federal government to channel funds to state or local governments, which, in turn, distribute them to service providers.

In order to see if the town is eligible for a grant, the town has contracted with University Research Consultants to do an income survey of residents within the town. Not everyone in the town will be contacted. Surveyors will try to gather information through phone calls and, if they aren't able to get enough, or if it would be easier to collect data by hand, they will start door-to-door visits. For those who are contacted, the surveyor will only ask about the household income, and all information is completely confidential. The survey could begin as soon as Monday and will take about four to six weeks to do the report on the findings.

"Once the town gets results of the survey, they'll know if they are eligible," Saegesser said, adding that the grant itself helps public entities hire an organization to conduct the Comprehensive Plan. "The town needs to update its Comprehensive Plan to show the need for other types of projects and, if the town wants to move forward with various types of projects, they need to have a grass-roots backing from the community saying it's what the community really wants."

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