Lt. Governor and OCRA Announce $12.9M in Federal Grants

On September 13, 2022, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced 21 rural communities that will receive federal funding to create and expand community facilities and improve water infrastructure.

Commonwealth Engineers would like to congratulate three of our client communities who are listed among the recipients. We are excited to help bring these projects to fruition!

The Town of Modoc is awarded $700,000 in grant money to rehabilitate the existing wastewater treatment plant and the town’s main lift station. The project will also include extensive collections system upgrades and will bring all components of the system up to code while maintaining their current rated treatment capacity.

The Town of Osgood is awarded $581,481 in grant money to replace a water main by directional drilling and modifying the existing clearwell at the water treatment plant. This will result in the plant being able to produce treated water.

The Town of Arcadia is awarded $577,800 in grant money to upgrade the town’s drinking water system. The drinking water project includes a new water tower, updates to two wells, new water mains, and water main replacement with the removal of lead-containing pipes. The project also includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system improvements and new fire hydrants to increase fire protection. This project will provide the quality and quantity of water needed to keep Arcadia thriving with an environmentally safe water supply.

“Quality of life is important for rural areas in Indiana, and these grants will help several Indiana communities make needed improvements and upgrades,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who is also Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “As communities across the country age, funding infrastructure projects is becoming increasingly important, especially water and wastewater projects. I am pleased to see many Indiana communities focusing their efforts in these areas.”