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$173,250 headed to DePue

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 3:28 p.m. CST

DEPUE — The village of DePue will receive a $173,250 state grant to renovate its ground level water storage tank on the north side of town.

Gov. Pat Quinn made the announcement on Friday, saying the DePue grant is part of a $8.83 million investment which the state is making in 23 towns or townships for improvements in their water and sewer systems.

“This project is vital to DePue and supports basic community needs,” Quinn said. “I am pleased to support this work that will provide jobs and a foundation for community renewal.”

On Friday, DePue Mayor Eric Bryant said he’s pleased to learn DePue will receive the grant, and now the village can go forward with the bidding process for the water storage tank project.

The renovation work will include draining the water storage tank, doing some interior repair work and also painting the exterior of the tank. The work will probably begin sometime next spring, Bryant said.

The village has a second water tank which is also on-line and will be used to supply water to the entire town, while the main tank is being renovated, Bryant said.

The total project cost, including local matching funds, is $225,000.

In making the state grant announcement, Quinn said the investment was made through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) Community Development Assistance Program, which targets areas with populations of less than 50,000 that are outside of urban counties.

Most of the money is for work on water and sewer lines, some of which are dealing with emergency needs, Quinn said. The housing component will allow for improvements to 105 single-family homes statewide, he said.

The funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the DCEO.

Also commenting on the recent grant announcement, DCEO Director Adam Pollett said these investments are important to the quality of life in rural communities statewide. Better public services and an improved housing stock will help these regions attract jobs, he said.

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