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Carbondale, Scranton among Kansas towns to share $4.4 million in federal grants

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that Carbondale and Scranton, in Osage County, are among 10 Kansas communities that will share a total of $4,484,000 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“These grants will help fund several important projects in communities across our state,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “It’s great that we can use CDBG grants to assist the small and rural communities that are so important to the economy and quality of life in Kansas.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives. The grant must benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums and blight or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.

CDBG funds are one of the department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominately rural communities. The department has distributed more than $300 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

Osage County recipients of grants are:

City of Carbondale, $500,000 – The project will repair and replace sanitary sewer lines and manholes within the city, with matching funds of $3,181,798.

City of Scranton, $500,000 – The scope of work will rehabilitate approximately 34,000 linear feet of water distribution lines. Other funds of $1,877,860 will match this grant.

Other recipients include: City of Altamont, $500,000 for replacing steel and asbestos water lines throughout the city. Other funds will match this grant with $1,207,175.

City of Cuba, $312,000, proposes to rehabilitate their entire water distribution system, with other funds providing $579,523 to the project.

City of Easton, $500,000; construct a new water treatment plant located outside of a floodplain, with added funds of $1,100,000.

For the city of Englewood, $172,000 will provide a new water source and water system improvements. Other matching funds will provide $598,900.

Greenwood County, $500,000 will supplement other funds totaling $2,837,615 for replacement and relocation of water distribution lines within Rural Water District No. 1.

City of Parsons, $500,000; repair or replace sewer lines and manholes. KDHE will provide $1,249,495 in matching funds.

City of Richmond, with $500,000, proposes to replace water lines in the city and implement a new automated meter reading system. Other funds of $1,352,505 will be provided for this project.

City of Udall, $500,000; citywide improvements to the water distribution system. Other funds will provide $1,122,329 to the project.

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at 785-296-3004, or visit

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