Iuka Gets $150,000 GrantThe Village of Iuka is among the recipients of state grant money being released by Governor Pat Quinn for critical public works projects. Iuka is receiving $150,000 to design storm water and sewage improvements. No other details were immediately available about the project from village officials.
Three other communities also received assistance. Wayne City received a $150,000 grant to design a new water treatment plant. Avena Township in Fayette County received $116,200 to design water main replacements and a water line extension. The township will provide an additional $3,000 in funding for the project. Sailor Springs in Clay County will receive a $66,000 grant towards an $81,250 project to design a storm water separation system.
The Governor's office say a total of $1.2-million dollars in grants were released to 11 Southern Illinois communities. The Governor's office says the announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and bolster the state's infrastructure while improving health and safety in Illinois.
The investments are being made under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Community Development Assistance Program, which targets areas with populations of less than 50,000 that are outside of urban counties. The funds originate from the U.S. Department of of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Development.
DCEO Director Adam Pollett says investing in sanitary public works projects will not only directly benefit health and quality of life, it will also help create job opportunities in the communities receiving assistance.
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