St. Paul —
Last week, St. Paul received a $500,000 grant from Indiana's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The grant will be used toward work on St. Paul’s aging storm drainage system, according to St. Paul Town Council President, David Henderson, and Water Superintendent Jerome Buening.
The work is planned to encompass three areas of St. Paul; the North Project (29 acres); the South Project (23 acres); and the West Project (107 acres). The optimistic plan calls for the projects to finish by Fall 2013. The construction is expected to affect approximately 400 homes.
“The 2008 floods really exposed how poor our system was,” said Buening.
While excess water will naturally flow to nearby rivers such as Flat Rock River, the storm drains direct the water away from residential areas and reduces damages.
The city of St. Paul also hopes the updated systems will relieve the sewer system, which often receives “clear water,” or water that doesn’t require treatment before being sent back to the rivers; "clear water" includes rain water.
“Money is always tight, and getting this grant was the only way to do this,” said Buening.
Buening added that townspeople have known receiving the grant would be challenging but have remained very supportive of acquiring the grant
St. Paul’s priority just wasn’t comparable to larger cities, said Buening. St. Paul’s town council has been working on the grant for around two years, and the first application was rejected last year.
Henderson said he wanted to thank Mary McCarty from Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. McCarty, Henderson said, guided St. Paul through the application process, knowing what information was needed and when applications and surveys needed to be ready.
“We wanted a grant, and she got it,” said Henderson.
Preliminary engineering has been done in preparation for the main projects, according to Buening. Specifics, such as if streets will be closed, have yet to be foreseen. The bulk of construction is expected to take place after winter weather, 2013.
Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004