COPPERAS COVE — Allen Street waterline improvements are back on track after the city got funds from a state grant that initially rejected the proposal.
“There ended up being more money available, so we ended up getting partial funding,” said City Manager Andrea Gardner.
Copperas Cove officials applied for $275,000 but received $87,300 from a Texas Department of Rural Community Affairs Texas Community Development block grant.
During the initial awarding period for the grant, Copperas Cove’s selected project didn’t rank high enough to qualify for funding. But as more funds became available in July, the city was offered the reduced portion, said Ryan Haverlah, the city’s budget director.
“Any grant money that we get for the city is better than none, because we don’t have to go out for bonds or use general fund money,” Gardner said.
The grant calls for a 20 percent match, but since the city allocated about $55,000 for the original water project, it will use all of those funds on the Allen Street project, she said.
The current 2-inch waterline that services Allen Street will be replaced with a 6-inch plastic main that will provide better service to customers in the area, Haverlah said.
“The older lines are more likely to break, and it will provide more pressure for those residents,” Gardner said.
Nearly 40 residents will benefit from the project, which is being designed by engineers. The city expects to solicit bids within 30 days.
Looking forward, city officials hope to secure more grant money. An application for the same $275,000 state grant will be submitted for the 2013-14 year, Gardner said. The project listed for the new grant application will include waterline oversizing for infrastructure on South 15th Street, Urbantke Circle, South Ninth Street and South 13th Street, which will improve service for about 220 households.