Jamestown, Indiana recently completed a Stormwater Utility Study. Although the Town has been taking steps to make strategic investments for the economic development of Jamestown, their attempts are being stalled by the severe Stormwater issues they are facing.
Working with KW Consultants, the Town applied for and received a $35,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). This Planning Grant made the Stormwater Utility Study possible for this small, rural and predominantly low-to-moderate income community a reality.
Working with HWC Engineering, the Town held community meetings with residents, completed an inventory and mapping of existing storm sewers, compiled drainage questionnaires sent to all Town residents, identified all known areas of concern and then proceeded to develop alternatives to address each problem area. The study provides a long term stormwater master plan with expected project costs to address the numerous drainage concerns within the Town as well as potential options to help finance such improvements. The Town now has the information and plans they need to apply for an OCRA grant from the Stormwater Improvements Program.