The town of Marshall has received a Rural Economic Action Program (REAP) grant for $34,000. The grant was awarded during the Aug. 9 meeting of the nine-member Oklahoma Water Resources Board held in OKC.

Sen. Patrick Anderson and Rep. Larry Glenn announced the grant will be used to replace sewer lines with inflow problems with new PVC lines. The estimated total project cost is $160,650.00, with funding provided by an $84,120.00 Department of Commerce CDBG Grant, a $23,000.00 ACOG REAP Grant, $19,530.00 in local funds, and $34,000.00 in the OWRB REAP grant .

Joe Freeman, chief of the Financial Assistance Program, says the award was issued by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board as part of the REAP program created by the 1996 Legislature. In that program legislative leaders targeted water and wastewater improvements for Oklahoma's small communities, those often excluded from traditional funding programs.

Dillon Davis, mayor, indicated the project will consist of rehabilitating the south side of the system by installing approximately 7,000 feet of 8-in. PVC line with new manholes and related necessary construction and appurtenances.

Information on the REAP grant program or any other FAD financing initiative is available at the OWRB Financial Assistance Division, (405) 530-8800.



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