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Lanesville gets nearly $1 million for improvements

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced last week that the town of Lanesville will receive nearly $1 million from the federal Community Development Block Grant program for stormwater improvement projects.
Lanesville applied for the grant through Jill Saegesser with River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission, and it was awarded through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The money will be used for a project which will properly route stormwater so that it does not further deteriorate roads, yards and property and would contribute to the long-term economic recovery of the town, Saegesser said.
It will consist of storm-water drainage construction improvements along S.R. 62 (Main Street) between Little Indian Creek near Crestview Avenue and Tandy Road.
The project includes construction of stormwater facilities, sidewalks, curbs and appurtenances necessary for the development of recommended activities provided from previous studies and analysis, as well as design, construction observation and grant administration services.
The block grant totaled more than $20 million awarded to 21 communities across the state which suffered damage from natural disasters in 2008.
Nine communities received an even $1 million, and Lanesville was awarded the next highest total with $994,975. The grant required no local match from the towns or counties.
‘I visited six of these communities and saw firsthand the devastation. The damage these storms caused are often hardest on small cities and towns,’ Skillman said. ‘In these tough economic times, it is critical to leverage all of the resources we can to help stimulate economic growth in communities that were affected by the natural disasters.’
Community distress needs, percentage of low-to-moderate income households served and a project’s impact on overall economic recovery efforts were considered in the scoring procedure.
The allocation of funds was for any Indiana county that had been affected by the storms and flooding in 2008.