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Grant sought to replace Bloomington sewer lines

DAVID TEWES

By DAVID TEWES
Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.


BLOOMINGTON - Help could be on the way by next spring to replace some of this unincorporated community's aging and deteriorating sewer lines.

"The old clay lines that have been in there many, many years have started breaking," said County Commissioner Kenny Spann, whose precinct includes Bloomington. "They definitely have a problem."

He said the sewer gas has eaten away at the clay lines, some of which date back to the 1940s and 1950s. That allows storm water into the lines and sewage to leak into the environment.

Rhonda Stastny with the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission said her agency is helping the utility district apply for a $263,000 grant. The money would come from the Community Development Block Grant program.

Stastny said Bloomington will have to provide a 5-percent match, or $13,150.

She said the money would help replace about one-fourth of Bloomington's sewer lines, most of which are on the southwest side.

"I think the biggest part of their problem is coming from this area," Stastny said. "But they do have other lines they're having problems with, so they'll be looking for additional money."

Because Bloomington is unincorporated, it must have a sponsor for the grant application. The Victoria County Commissioners Court agreed Monday to serve as sponsor.

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