Perry lands $600,000 CDBG grant for wastewater plant upgrades

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The city of Perry has received a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant for improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Perry has been awarded a $600,000 federal grant for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will help Perry defray the $18 million cost of treatment plant upgrades that the Perry City Council approved in 2018.

Perry’s grant was among 10 announced Tuesday by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), amounting to $3,599,585 million for projects across the state. The IEDA is responsible for administering the federal CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state.

“The city is very pleased to receive these funds,” said Perry Community and Economic Development Director Mike Fastenau. “This will enable us to modernize the treatment plant, bringing the facility into compliance with federal and state environmental requirements. Addressing these issues today will allow the plant to continue to serve the residents of Perry long into the future.”

Fastenau said the $18 million project, including replacing or renovating old equipment, increasing the plant’s treatment capacity and addressing design deficiencies, will start in the spring and should be compete by the fall 2022.

“These awards help Iowa communities thrive by enabling them to improve water and sewer systems, enhance housing conditions for low-income homeowners, provide facilities for disabled and at-risk Iowans and make transformative changes to downtown districts,” IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham said Tuesday in announcing the awards.

CDBG grants to the 10 Iowa communities were made for water and sewer infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation and homebuyer assistance. CDBG grants are awarded based upon the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness and commitment of local resources to the project.

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