Vinton selected to receive state funds for sewer system, City Council must agree to apply

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 1:55pm

The Village of Vinton has been selected to receive state grant funds to construct a city-wide sewer system.

Vinton would be eligible for $14 million under the state's Clean Water Program, and approximately $11 million under the Drinking Water program.

The money would come from Disadvantaged Community Funds from the Texas Water Development Board which will begin taking applications for both programs on September 2nd. Both grants are on a first come, first served basis.

The grant would guarantee 70-percent of the project amount. According to the village clerk and Mayor Madeleine Praino, the rest of the funding could come from other agencies that have previously awarded program funding, if the Vinton City Council had decided to apply.

“It is morally imperative that the Vinton city council ensures that each person in the village has access to safe and sustainable drinking water. Water is not an issue of luxury; it is a matter of equity and inclusion to create a community in which the well-being of everyone is protected at a fundamental level. As the Mayor of Vinton, I will continue to work toward this goal," said Praino.

The issue will once again be on the city council agenda on July 2.


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