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DePue applies for grant to fund water tower project

DEPUE – The village of DePue has submitted an application for a grant to help fund repairs and updates to the White City water tower.

The tower, which sits just north of the White City neighborhood, needs to be sandblasted and repainted on the inside and outside. Village President Eric Bryant confirmed other various service repairs are needed throughout the tower.

The village has discussed having to drain the tower to complete the updates.

The project cost is estimated around $205,000, of which about $50,000 will be at the village’s expense if they secure the grant.

According to Bryant, the village has been prepping for the cost of the project. He said water and sewer rates were increased within the last couple years, in order to put the budget in good shape to fund the water tower project.

At the village board meeting Monday, trustee Roger Harrison mentioned the village’s need to watch extra expenses to help save money for the water tower.

“We have to still – like we’ve been in the last few years – be as frugal as we can, and make as good of decisions as we can on everything,” he said.

The village anticipates to know by September or October whether or not they’ve secured the Community Development Assistance Program Grant. Bryant said there are a number of communities that applied for the same grant, so it’s a possibility DePue won’t be awarded the money this year. He said if that’s the case, the village hopes to secure the money next year.

If the village receives the money this fall, the anticipated start date for the water tower project will be some time next summer.

In other business, the village board:

• Approved the annual housing proclamation.

• Granted permission to the booster club to canvass for membership.

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