Belleville awarded $600,000 grant

Belleville awarded $600,000 grant to replace aging water lines

The second phase of a project to replacing aging waterlines in the city of Belleville was approved for Community Development Block Grant funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Belleville will receive $600,000 in grant funds, which is about 50 percent of the total project cost, said Belleville City Manager Neal Lewis. The city’s share will be $614,000.

“Infrastructure is such a tough thing to do because nobody sees it,” Lewis says. “But this will last forever.”

The first phase of the project completed several years ago centered mostly on the downtown area. Lewis said the next phase will branch out from the new lines, focusing on areas of the city that experience the worst breaks. The old metal pipe will be replaced with plastic.

Lewis said the city is considering where potential subdivisions could one day be located. The water and sewer across US81 highway in the vicinity of the Love’s Travel Center development “is sized for whatever might locate there.”

Belleville was at the top of the list of 32 communities to receive federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects, including sewer and water projects, housing rehabilitation and community facilities improvements. These communities will share a total of $12,927,726 in federal grants.

Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, 16 Kansas communities will share a total of $8,913,100 in federal grants for water and sewer projects.