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Brownton awaits USDA input on proposed street, utiltiy project

The city of Brownton is still waiting to hear the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s response to a preliminary engineering report on a proposed $8 million utility and street improvement project.
 
“The initial review should be done by the end of the month,” said John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), the city’s engineering consultant. Rodeberg gave the City Council an update at its Oct. 6 meeting.
 
Once the USDA gives its input, the city will need to wait for the federal budget, said Rodeberg.
 
“We don’t know yet what the federal budget is going to be,” said Rodeberg, “but it looks like you may be in line for about $2 million in grants.”
 
The city has applied for funding through the USDA’s Rural Development program.
 
The proposed project is a comprehensive improvement plan that includes upgrades to the city’s water, sanitary and storm sewer mains, as well as the city water tower.
 
For more see the Oct. 41 print edition of The Chronicle.