By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater Grants Coordinator Valerie Silvers knows her next move — preparing the grant application.
Monday, city councilors selected two drainage projects for the 2013 Community Development Block Grant State Small Cities Set Aside application. The vote was 4-1 with councilor Philip Pina voting no.
The projects are:
• Replacing 529 feet of corrugated metal culvert with a concrete-based culvert at the intersection of West 19th Avenue and Sangre Road. The metal culvert is rusted. Apartments and businesses would be threatened by flooding if the culvert collapses, Silvers said.
The cost will be $102,182 — $51,091 from the grant and an equal match from the city’s stormwater management funds.
• Replacing an inadequate culvert at 3300 E. Raintree Dr. and vicinity. It has caused flooding of roads in the area.
The grant will cover $51,917.50 of the cost.
Stillwater will spend $15,000 in engineering services and $36,917.50 in construction, Silvers said. Total project cost is $103,735.
The cost of the two projects is estimated at approximately $206,000.
If approved, Stillwater will receive approximately $97,550.
It would have to match the grant money, which means the total project cost would be $195,100.
The grant money projection is the least Stillwater will receive if it is approved. In the past four years, Stillwater always has received more money than initial projections because some eligible cities didn’t apply for a grant or their grant was rejected, Silvers said.
In 2012, Stillwater received $17,000 more than projected. In previous years, the actual grant was approximately $7,000 to $8,000 larger than projected, Silvers said.
Silvers next move is to ensure the projects meets the grant criteria, including a requirement the projects help low- and moderate-income families.
“I walk door-to-door to everyone (affected). Basically, I interview how many people live in the household and the approximate amount of their income. That’s what the grant requires,” Silvers said.
The grant application deadline is July 12.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce administers the grant program. Its staff will review the grants, she said.
The review is usually completed by late August. After the grant is awarded, an environmental impact study will be conducted. Construction could begin next summer.
The Community Development Block Grant program lets rural Oklahoma communities finance infrastructure and economic improvements.
For the 2013 program, the state agency expects to receive approximately $13 million.