Six communities in western Illinois recently received state grants to help with local infrastructure projects. These Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grants will help address local infrastructure needs while also creating jobs. Senator Sullivan, Rep. Hammond, and Rep. Tracy issued a statement to congratulate these six communities on their receipt of these infrastructure development grants. Click "Read More" to read the news release.
The communities receiving CDAP grants are:
From the Illinois State Senate
State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 20, 2012
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Six Western Illinois Communities Receive Infrastructure Grants
Community Development Assistance Program funds will improve services, create jobs
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), and State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) congratulate six communities in the 47th Legislative District on their receipt of infrastructure development grants through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP). The grants awarded to Astoria, Bardolph, Beardstown, Hamilton, North Henderson, and Macomb are among fifty-nine grants, totaling nearly $19 million statewide, given to small and rural communities to address infrastructure needs and create jobs.
“This grant is going to help us tremendously,” James Tucker, mayor of North Henderson, said. The small town, located in Mercer County northwest of Galesburg, will use its $118,853 in CDAP funding to make much-needed repairs and improvements to its water system. “The system was in such great need of repair that we had to switch to emergency pump mode, but now, with the CDAP money, we will be able to do much more with the town’s water system than we could before,” Mayor Tucker said.
Macomb received a $315,750 grant to replace 3,000 linear feet of water main in a low-to-moderate income area in the northeast part of town. “We are really excited to have the funding to close out this project we started three years ago,” Mayor Mike Inman said.
“Community development grants are a major help to small towns and rural areas, especially in a time of high unemployment in construction and related trades,” Sullivan said. “I’m pleased the grant recipients can put this money back into their communities while shoring up and improving vital services like water treatment and sewers.”
"I, too, am very pleased that these communities are receiving these monies to address critical issues,” said Rep. Hammond. “Without these grants, many of our rural communities would be unable to make necessary improvements to their infrastructure, such as water and sewers."
“For a community like Beardstown that lies in a unique geographic area next to the Illinois River, these grants will be put to good use for needed water and sewer infrastructure improvements,” said Rep. Tracy. “These upgrades will not only improve the quality of life for area residents, but also help attract employers who need reliable water and sewer infrastructure.”
In addition to the grants for Macomb and North Henderson, Astoria received $350,000 for improvements to its water treatment plant, Bardolph received $125,200 for its water system, Beardstown received $350,000 to replace transmission lines, and Hamilton received $350,000 for sewer main relining.
CDAP is a federal grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.