Seligman water study grant denied

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DNR recommends city reapply later in 2015

SELIGMAN -- Seligman and Olsson Associates tried to get a $29,500 grant approved for a water analysis study, but the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the request.

"We won't receive any funding here for the grant that we submitted for the water systems study," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "But encouraging news, they said the application was a good one, just simply other people needed the money more than we did. So, that's the reason for denial.

"But, there will be another state revolving fund come up here later this year, and they encouraged us to submit the exact same application because we will have a better chance getting it then."

DNR said Seligman's application was good, but they just ran out of money to fund all of the projects, said Jack Schaller, Joplin office leader at Olsson.

"We checked with the state and unless another community is not able to do their report, Seligman will need to wait until the next funding cycle," Schaller said.

Seligman applied for the grant in September 2014. The previous analysis was completed on May 15, 2007, for $11,500. The analysis takes three to six months, depending on the weather, when the workers can get out and exactly how much water line is in the ground to survey.

The grant application will be submitted in the fall, and the city would find out if it gets approved by spring 2016, said Wayne Persons, Seligman maintenance supervisor.

"The project would start in the spring [2016] then," Persons said.

The water study will take a look at the entire network from the well and the tower to the distribution system. The study accounts for inadequacies, issues, undersized lines, lack of fire hydrants, lack of pressure, lack of volume in certain areas and ways to improve the fire service rating and to provide adequate supply and demand.

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