County plans to sponsor grant request
January 13, 2015
To finish the second phase of a water meter replacement project, the Hoytsville Pipe and Water Company is pursuing another Community Development Block Grant this year and is asking Summit County to sponsor it.
Both Summit and Wasatch Counties are projected to receive approximately $450,000 from Mountainland Association of Governments for the small cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. For 33 years, the program has distributed federal money via Mountainland to eligible cities or counties. But a local entity can apply for the program if a city or county acts as a sponsor.
Hoytsville Pipe and Water Company is applying for between $50,000 and $70,000 to finish installing approximately 200 water meters to its culinary water system.
Summit County would need to sponsor the grant, as it did in 2014.
"We are the only vehicle that can help the smaller entities," Summit County Office Manager Annette Singleton said. "It’s great that we can get federal money and we can help because we are benefiting the residents of Summit County. Residents sometimes can’t pay for all of these improvements."
The Summit County Council will hold a public hearing to introduce the CDBG applicants on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Summit County Courthouse, 60 North Main Street, in Coalville.
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Mountainland notified the county in September of the estimated available funds to be split between approved applicants. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing.
Seven applicants have applied for the CDBG, including the county’s sole applicant, Hoytsville Pipe and Water Company.
"Their odds are pretty good," Singleton said of the water company. "I’m pretty sure Hoytsville will be able to get more money this year to finish their project. It was a priority to give to them last year."
In 2014, Summit and Wasatch Counties received $400,000, of which $122,292 was awarded to Hoytsville Pipe and Water Company and $161,868 was awarded to Peoa Pipeline Company. The county sponsored both projects.
Sue Follett, treasurer of Hoystville Pipe and Water Company, said the grant money awarded last year was not enough to cover the labor costs associated with installing the new meters.
The water meter upgrade will ensure more accurate readings for customers and will alert the water company to any deficiencies in the system.
"We had a large number that were not working," Follett said. "It’s very important to replace those so we can find the ones that aren’t working. Plus, the new ones give more information.
"This will ensure 100 percent of our shareholders are having correct and accurate readings, without any anomalies," she said.
The ability to pursue federal grant money prevents the water company from having to increase rates, Follett said.
"It’s a good way to go because we could have raised prices," she added.
Follett said she doesn’t anticipate any issues that would prevent the water company from obtaining the funds.
"We made the statement last year in our grant that labor costs were going to vary," she said.
The county will need to hold an additional public hearing to allow for county sponsorship.
A ratings and rankings committee will review the applications in March and applicants will be notified of funding awards in May, according to a county memorandum.
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