Block Island Times

Water Company to stress importance of new project

With the Town Council throwing its support for a special Financial Town Meeting to vote on a $2.3 million water main, the Water Company is now in a waiting game with the federal government for grant monies to support the project.
Water Company Supt. John Breunig told the members of the Water and Sewer Commssions that he had submitted documents needed so far to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has grant monies available that could reduce the local cost of the project by about $1 million. Breunig said the application itself to the USDA was nearing completion, but added there were funding hurdles on the federal end that needed to be resolved.
A date for the special Financial Town Meeting has not yet been set, but it will have to be scheduled before March 19, 2020 in order for the district to be eligible for those federal monies. The Town Council also approved language that would have taxpayers pay for 25 percent of the project due to the water main’s importance to the entire community.
Breunig and Water Commission Chair Brad Marthens said that information should be provided to

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