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Grant ap stays on track

Published 2:30pm Monday, December 26, 2011

A special meeting was held Dec. 20 by the Dowagiac City Council to amend its grant application for developing a master plan for the wastewater treatment facility. The state was requiring additional influent/infiltration (I/I) studies than originally anticipated.
Approval was given to add a master plan improvement study for lift stations.
The amended application needed to be filed by Jan. 1 for the city to remain on its current timeline.
Council authorized an amendment of the S-2 grant that would allow the state to pay 90 percent of the $10,000 lift station study.
Paperwork has been forwarded to the consulting engineers for submittal tothe state.
City manager Kevin Anderson reported the project will remain on track in a timely manner.

Shared services tallied

The finishing touch is being put on a report to the state so the city continues to be qualified for state funding through the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP).
State law is requiring a report which lists the government services that have been shared and/or consolidated as well as potential services that could be shared in the future.
City staff identified more than 50 projects and/or services the city shares with other governmental units.
“The report documents what local officials have know and practiced for a long time: When sharing resources improves service to citizens and save money, we do it,” Anderson said.

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