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Grant will help replace Trafalgar drainage pipes

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A $500,000 state grant will replace decades-old drainage pipes in Trafalgar.

Four Indiana communities won state stormwater improvement grants. Cloverdale, Center Point and Troy also will receive $500,000 grants. Six total communities applied, according to the state lieutenant governor’s office.

Trafalgar will have to pay an $80,000 match. The designed project includes installing 2,270 linear feet of storm sewer pipe. The town’s current rainwater drain system is 75 years old, according to a state news release.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the federal grant based on the number of low- to moderate-income residents who would be helped by stormwater upgrades. Other considerations for awarding a grant included the need for and financial impact of improving the stormwater pipe system, how much money a community could offer as a local match, the need for the project they’ve designed and a community’s ability to maintain the new system once it is constructed.

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