On January 26, 2017, the Town of Roann was officially recognized by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, along with other grant recipients, at a ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse.
On August 19, 2016, the Town of Roann was notified by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) that they had been awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This award is part of OCRA’s Wastewater and Drinking Water (WDW) Program that assists Indiana’s rural residents in their endeavors to create successful, sustainable communities and improve local quality of life. The goals of the WDW Program are to reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, protect the health and environment of rural communities and to improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth.
Grant funds will used for necessary improvements to the drinking water system with the construction and installation of a disinfection facility, rehabilitation of the existing water tower, and improving the distribution system to improve water quality and fire protection capabilities.
Bob Ferguson, Clerk-Treasurer of Roann said, “This project will help to enhance a better way of life for the citizens of the Town of Roann. We are looking forward to the future and what it can bring for our citizens.”
This application represented the first such application for the Town of Roann in over 15 years. Roann Clerk Treasurer Bob Ferguson worked closely with OCRA to resolve long standing compliance issues and make the Town eligible for these grant funds once again. CDBG funds are available for a variety of housing and community development needs and the Town hopes to secure additional grant funds in the future.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Konyha, OCRA; Gary Ladd, engineer; State Senator Andy Zay; Bob Ferguson, Clerk Treasurer; Dianna Ferguson, Town of Roann, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch; Kathleen Weissenberger, Grant Administrator