Glenwood, Rifle, water works projects win FMLD awards
Two major water system improvements, one in Glenwood Springs and one in Rifle, were the top recipients in the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease spring grants announced on Wednesday.
Rifle is to receive $400,000 for a range of water works improvements, while Glenwood Springs was awarded $200,000 to be used for a drainage and water line repair project in the Cedar Crest Subdivision in West Glenwood
The Glenwood Springs Public Works Department is planning those improvements for spring and summer of 2020.
According to a city press release, the improvements will include new drainage systems, roadway repairs, and water system improvements within the Cedar Crest Subdivision, including Tanager Road, Cardinal Lane, Cedar Crest Drive, Ptarmigan Lane and Ptarmigan Drive.
“This area is in particular need for repairs due to aging water lines, roadway surfaces and poor drainage,” according to the release.
“This investment by the Federal Mineral Lease District will help the City rebuild important infrastructure in West Glenwood,” Mayor Michael Gamba said. “We are excited to begin this project next year with the help of this grant money.”
Also receiving FMLD traditional (large) grants this cycle are:
• Roaring Fork School District, safe route to Riverview School project — $200,000
• Garfield County Housing Authority Valley Senior Housing and Valley Senior Center Renovation — $150,000
• Silt Eighth Street/Front Street water line replacement — $150,000
• Parachute, completion of splash pad at Cottonwood Park — $75,000
• Rifle Housing Authority, Kendall Heights grounds improvements — $50,000
• New Castle street maintenance — $50,000
• Battlement Mesa Metropolitan District, Arroyo Drive street improvements — $50,000
Several awards were also made in the FMLD mini-grant ($25,000 grant) program, including: Carbondale, Miner’s Park playground improvements; Garfield County Public Library District, public computers and internet; Parachute, shade structures and landscaping for dog park and rest area; Rifle, sanitary sewer inspection; Silt, senior housing facility boiler replacement.
Grants awarded for the spring 2019 cycle totaled $1,450,000. The fall 2019 grant cycle will begin in August, with award announcements anticipated in October.
And, the FMLD expects to release applications for its new Joint Grant Program on July 1.
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