Lt. Governor Skillman Awards $600,000 Community Focus Fund Grant to Town of South Whitley

Jun 8 2011

 Town of South Whitley receives $600,000 Grant
KENDALLVILLE - Lt. Governor Becky Skillman awarded a $600,000 Community Focus Fund grant to the Town of South Whitley In collaboration with the Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission to fund a sanitary sewer improvement project. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) administers the grants, which are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Twenty-two communities and counties were awarded grants totaling more than $9 million.
The Community Focus Fund grants are awarded twice annually through a competitive application process. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: community and senior centers, special needs facilities, libraries, water system improvements, storm drainage projects, and sewer system improvements.
The grant will fund installation of upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant, enlarging approximately 14,000 lineal feet of the main interceptor along Water Street and Main Street, eliminating 3 combined sewer overflow (CSO) and constructing a new headworks building, as well as the construction of a new electrical building. All improvements are mandated in order to bring the Town into compliance with IDEM and EPA regulations under the Agreed Order and a part South Whitley's Town’s Long Term Control Plan.Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will host a ceremony to honor the awardees at the Statehouse on July 13 at 2 p.m.


About the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Lt. Governor Skillman oversees the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. OCRA was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit
About South Whitley’s Sanitary Sewer
From a sanitary sewer perspective, the Town of South Whitley has a working system. However, during nearly any rain event, even at less than ½ inch, the system is overloaded because the pipes are not capable of transporting the rainfall that is entering the sewers. When the pipes become full and begin to backup it causes the mixture of rainwater and raw sewage to dump directly into the Eel River. For additional information about the Wastewater System Improvements visit