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March 11, 2013

Cass nabs $50k grant to study Clymers

Cass County received a $50,000 planning grant from the state late last week to study extending water and sewer services to the Clymers area.

The Master Utility Study is through the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

“Planning grants are an important first step as communities consider the best way to attract new businesses,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann through a press release. “Cass County continues its efforts to improve services for its residents, and we’re pleased to be able to support their grant request.”

When county officials applied for the non-competitve grant early last year, they said the study is the first step to identifying the cost and need for water, waste water, and storm water services in the unincorporated community of Clymers.

If the study shows building the infrastructure is viable and affordable, it could make the area more enticing to businesses just as the Hoosier Heartland Highway, which runs through that area, is completed.

In fact, the construction of the highway and water use at The Andersons’ 110-million gallon ethanol plant drained three or four wells in that area in recent years.

Clymers is also just outside the county’s only tax-increment financing district. In a TIF district, tax revenues generated by any new development can be used to pay for infrastructure or other improvements in that area.

The federally funded grant, which is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, could be used for preliminary engineering and mapping, for studying drainage and for drawings and surveying.

The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant program, which has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives, according to the press release.

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