Newell officials learned Wednesday of a $175,000 Community Development Block Grant to help fund an extension to the community's sanitary sewer system.
Newell plans to extend its sewer line to a number of homes currently using septic tanks, which will help improve the community's environmental control. Total project cost is $350,000, with a second extension project being planned for later in the year. City officials will sign a contract with the CDBG program in April, and attend a workshop that month on the economic development initiatives.
The funds were announced by Gov. Tom Vilsack this week, part of the CDBG program that has awarded $24.7 million in federally-funded grants to Iowa Iowa communities. The grants
are administered by the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED).
"These grants will lay a foundation for helping improve Iowa competitiveness," Vilsack said. "Each of these grants will improve economic opportunity and the quality of life for Iowans."
The grants are awarded based on the need and potential impact of the project, benefit to low and moderate-income persons, and commitment of local resources to the project. IDED fielded 161 applications for the funds awarded.