OAKLAND CITY — Oakland City Common Council agreed Tuesday to pursue grant funding through the State Water Infrastructure Fund.

Jon Craig, business development manager, Midwest Engineers presented the SWIF grant opportunity to the common council Tuesday.

The SWIF program was formed with the intent to provide grant funding to Indiana utilities for wastewater, drinking water and storm-water projects. There is $100 million allocated to the Indiana Finance Authority through COVID-19 recovery funds passed by the Indiana General Assembly.

Information on the program from the IFA states the goal is to finance projects that protect and improve public health and water quality, satisfy a regional solution, and provide substantial rate relief to Indiana utility customers most in need.

The application window closes July 15 and communities will know if they were awarded by Aug. 6, Craig said.

Craig said at this point there is no reason not to recommend the city move forward with going after the funding.

For this application, Craig said Oakland City could apply for funding on both its storm sewer improvement project, as well as a waste water project.

The motion to move forward with the application, made by council member AJ Cooper, included the caveat that if applying for both ended up not being the best path, the mayor and Craig could make the final determination.

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