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Marble Rock, Stacyville and Thornton receive community block grant awards

NIACOG offices in Mason City
NIACOG offices in Mason City

MASON CITY – The cities of Marble Rock, Stacyville and Thornton have been awarded conditional community development block grant CDBG awards, according to the North Iowa Area Council of Governments (NIACOG). Descriptions of the projects are as follows:

The City of Marble Rock is undertaking a water system improvement project to replace approximately 4,500 feet of undersized deteriorating and dead-end water mains. The estimate total project cost is approximately $586,000, with a CDBG award of $300,000.

The City of Stacyville is undertaking a project to improve water quality by replacing over 5,000 linear feet of water main. This project will eliminate dead end mains, improve flow and pressure and eliminate the threat of back siphoning. The estimate total project cost is approximately $652,000, with a CDBG award of $300,000.

The City of Thornton is undertaking a project to install a new soil liner to repair the leaking sewage treatment lagoon. The estimate total project cost is approximately $544,300, with a CDBG award of $300,000.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in all of Iowa’s incorporated cities and counties, except those designated as HUD entitlement areas.Authorized under the Housing and Community Development Act, the main goal of the program is to “develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate incomes.”

In Iowa, the CDBG program can be used to fund eligible activities, including public facilities such as water and sewer facilities and community buildings; housing rehabilitation; and economic development and job training.

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