Allstate Consultants Engineer Cary Sayre was on hand at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brookfield City Council; he discussed current loan and grant opportunities available through the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR). Those funding opportunities are primarily for upgrades to drinking water distribution systems.
The DNR has prepared an Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the City of Brookfield. That IUP “describes proposed funds reserved for financial assistance for drinking water infrastructure improvements.” Those funds will be made available by DNR in the form of grants and loans, or a combination of both.
Brookfield City Manager Dana Tarpening explains that although the City applied to DNR for funding a couple of years ago and was placed on an IUP by DNR at that time, the City funded the needed improvements itself. Among those improvements were sludge handling, the ammonia feed system that was recently implemented, and reservoir pumps. Despite the fact that DNR didn’t provide funding for those needs, the City’s IUP is showing that there are funds available for projects. Among the projects that the City might want to use IUP funds for, according to Tarpening, are installing a raw water line from the Water Treatment Plant to City Lake, improving the Yellow Creek Pump Station, and making other finished water line improvements.
Sayre explained during Tuesday’s Council meeting, “The City of Brookfield is eligible for a 50 percent grant/loan package.” Checking with the most current list of IUPs on the DNR website (2013), Brookfield is eligible for a 50/50, $3,872,075 grant/loan package (a $1,936,038 loan and a $1,936,037 grant).
Sayre, the engineer for Brookfield’s wastewater treatment facility to come, further advised the Council Tuesday, “Money is also available through DNR for 80 percent of engineering costs or up to $12,000; the City would have to provide $3,000 or 20 percent.” The 80 percent from DNR would come in the form of an Engineering Report Services Grant that funds engineering studies. Those studies include “data collection, analysis and water system planning,” according to DNR records. The Engineering Report Services Grant would be part of Brookfield’s five-year plan.
Finally, Tarpening explains that there are Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) available through DNR for up to $500,000. If the City elects to do so, those funds would be used to run a parallel raw water line from the Water Treatment Plant to City Lake to replenish water supplies during droughts.
These are funding opportunities; no financial commitment has been made at this juncture.