Grant awarded for water project
HOMER CITY — The Central Indiana County Water Authority has received a $750,000 state grant to help cover the cost of a significant waterline extension project.
The grant is through the Department of Community & Economic Development’s PennWorks program, and it will be put toward a project that will bring public water to an additional 90 households and businesses, according to authority manager Rob Nymick.
Under the project, the authority is proposing to install roughly 3ﾽ miles of new water lines, two storage tanks and a pumping station.
All told, it’s a $4.3 million project, one for which officials are continuing to seek funding, Nymick said.
However, the authority has enough to begin the project’s first phase, in which lines are to be extended from Cherry Run Road to Ginter Road in Center Township. That phase is expected to cost around $330,000 and work is to begin sometime after the first of the year, Nymick said.
He said that phase is being paid for with the township’s Community Development Block Grant money and out of the authority’s own pockets.
In the second and third phases, the authority will take lines onto Long Road and Circle Drive area and later to the old Route 56 and Brookside Dairy area.
The authority also is planning to build two new water tanks, one of which will serve the Indiana County Development Corp.’s new business park off Route 119. Site development work for the business park is now under way.
The other water tank would serve customers in the area of Long Road and Circle Drive.
Nymick said the grant is significant.
“Anytime we can extend water to the areas that need it, that’s huge. If we can help offset any of the cost with grants, that makes it all that much better.”
He said state Sen. Don White and state Rep. Dave Reed were instrumental in lining up the grant.
“They pushed hard for us. But they also see the need for it,” he said.
Reed and White, both Indiana Republicans, announced the grant award jointly on Tuesday.
“This project not only benefits two of our local farms, but will also provide water service to the ICDC’s business park which may bring as many as 200 new family-sustaining jobs to the community,” White said in a statement.
“The success of our other industrial parks in Indiana County shows these investments provide real benefits in the form of new business and jobs. This project will hopefully encourage similar economic growth up the Route 119 corridor.”
Reed said the grant was an important one for a major county project.
“This funding will support the ICDC’s efforts to actively promote further economic growth and job creation efforts along Route 119,” Reed said.
“The Homer-Center School Board and Center Township supervisors have been important partners in our efforts to bring new economic opportunities to our county. This grant is just one more example of how our partnership is paying off.”