City misses out on $400,000 sewer grant
The state sent the city of Tonganoxie some bad news this week.
"We did not receive the grant on the sewer project," said City Administrator Chris Clark. "I'm tracking down to find out some of the reasons why."
The city had applied for a $400,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to help finance about $2 million worth of upgrades to the city's sewage treatment plant.
A federal operation permit expires in December, and some work must be completed to comply with new federal and state standards.
The sewer improvements also will increase the plant's capacity from processing 400,000 gallons of waste a day to processing 900,000 gallons of waste a day. That should handle growth in the city for the next 20 years.
The city has entered into an agreement for about $1.57 million in loans from the state, and it was hoped that the $400,000 grant would help pay for some of the work.
It is possible, Clark said, that city ratepayers will have to absorb the $400,000.