Towns In Running For Block Grants
Four Panhandle towns looking to improve water or sewer systems will compete this spring for Idaho Community Development Block Grants.
Fernwood, Plummer, Priest River and Sandpoint are among 18 communities statewide that made the “first cut” of requests for the grants. The Idaho Economic Advisory Council last week reviewed 27 preliminary requests for more than $10 million.
The finalists are competing for $4 million; their requests total $7 million. Winners will be chosen in April and announced by Gov. Phil Batt.
Fernwood, along with Benewah County, is seeking $500,000 for a water storage tank, and to install new pumps and water distribution lines.
Plummer wants $311,168 to construct a 200,000-gallon storage tank and water line.
Priest River is asking for $500,000 to upgrade the city sewer treatment facility.
Sandpoint wants $263,432 to build a sewer line and lift station and provide sewer connections for low- and moderate-income residents.
Other finalists include Moscow, which wants $500,000 to improve U.S. Highway 95 south and construct a bike path; and Lewiston, which seeks $450,000 for water mains and fire hydrants for the Red Rock area.