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State grant may soon provide solutions for North Texas city with excess Uranium in water system

A historical small town in North Texas recently discovered as having too much Uranium in the water may soon receive modern-day infrastructure improvements thanks to a couple of grants totaling nearly $400,000 from the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program, according to Judson (J.D.) Clark, Chico Mayor. He said the grants appropriated to the city earmarked for community-wide planning, building a new water tower, and studying the feasibility of the water are eagerly anticipated.

“Both of these grants are important to the future of Chico and its residents as we work to improve our water system, protect our water resources, and develop a community-wide plan that can be used throughout the coming years,” Clark said.

The deadline for city planning firms or individuals wanting to submit a proposal to work for the City of Chico during its community-wide planning efforts is this Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. This project is part of a Planning and Capacity Building grant worth $30,000, according to Clark.

He said the main qualification for municipal planners consists of extensive experience working with TxCDBG. Those proposals may be submitted in writing to Chico City Hall, located at 113 West Decatur Street, on the Historic Downtown Square in Chico.

The other grant officials look forward to receiving from the granting entity in the near future totals $350,000, Clark said, and the project includes designing and constructing a new water tower proposed for Mount Street. The three existing water towers are expected to remain fixtures within the community as part of the water system and city council officials recently approved an agreement for a water feasibility study.

“Both grant programs were included in the City’s 2009-2010 budget,” Clark added.

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