Dowagiac approves grant application for water main replacement

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2022

DOWAGIAC — An infrastructure project years in the making is one step closer to reality. 

The Dowagiac City Council on Monday approved a resolution authorizing a Community Development Block Grant application for $1,140,000 to fund the replacement of a water main on Division Street between E. Railroad Street and Riverside Drive, as well lead service line abatement in the same area. The resolution also authorizes the city to spend $380,000 of local water funds for a 25 percent match, if the grant is approved. 

According to a memo sent by City Manager Kevin Anderson to members of council, city staff identified the opportunity through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Water-Related Infrastructure Grant fund. According to the memo, the city had plans to begin construction on this project a few years ago, but it was rescheduled due to a Michigan Department of Transportation project taking precedence. 

“It’s going to have a very minimal impact on the asphalt,” said Assistant City Manager Hannah Sleigh, during a public hearing prior to approval. “I know that was a question that some of the council members have, but it was designed to be a boring project.”

In other business, council:

  • Approved the Freedom Fireworks event for July 1 at Russom Park.
  • Approved a resolution to authorize a special assessment lien on properties with past due utilities
  • Approved a resolution to authorize a special assessment lien on properties for abatement of noxious weeds and grasses and blight removal.