Milford awarded block grant for sewer upgrades

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The city of Milford was notified on Nov. 28 it was awarded a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for the next phase of the H Avenue infrastructure and street improvements project. The Milford storm water, sanitary sewer and water improvements - H Avenue Project build on the past H Avenue project work to upgrade and sanitary sewer, storm sewer and provide improvement with the water main from 10th Street or the northwest intersection of Florence Park to 13th Street or A-34. The total project cost is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

The CDBG announcement describes the project as water main replacement, but the actual application is for sanitary sewer and storm sewer upgrades. The request by the city of Milford was to improve the storm sewer to reduce flooding and to regain capacity in the sanitary sewer system. The water main will be replaced, but was not a part of the grant funds for the project.

This project has been in the works for more than 18 months, but these grant funds were the critical part to give the project the green light to go forward. The next step of this process is to have a public meeting with the citizens who will be impacted by the construction.

"Since I learned about this project after the election last fall, my main concern was with the impact to the residents and how the city, engineer and contractors are going to ensure them access to their properties," Mayor Steve Anderson said. The meetings for those impacted are expected shortly.

This project will use some existing city funds, the CDBG funds and some funds from Milford Municipal Utilities. With the grant in place, the residents of Milford should not see a tax increase due to this new phase of the H Avenue Project.

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