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GRANVILLE — Mayor Doug Gimbal began the village board meeting Tuesday by announcing, “We’re not getting the money.” He was referring the water plant grant the village had applied for from the state.
Gimbal said the amount requested in grant applications across the state had exceeded the funds available.
On a more positive note, the mayor said there is an opportunity to reapply for the grant beginning in February, with a deadline June 2.
The mayor asked Larry Good, engineer from Chamlin and Associates, about a new approach to submitting the grant.
“See what we can find out about the ranking point system to maximize the points available to maximize our advantage,” he said.
“I think it should be resubmitted,” the mayor said.
Village trustee Randy Borio expressed his frustration with the distribution of grant money from Springfield. While other towns, large and small, were getting large grants, “We can’t seem to get any money,” he said.
Good said the village did receive $540,000 for the storm sewer project. Borio was not satisfied.
“We’re the dog at the table begging for scraps,” he complained.
“Pester your representatives,” Good replied.
“We have some time,” said trustee Roy Leckonby. “Let’s see what we can do.”
“Put together a plan to sweeten our chances,” concluded Good.
A question from the audience resulted in a brief explanation of the village’s representation at a forthcoming Illinois Department of Commerce workshop, where more information on grants might be obtained. Good said representatives of the North Central Illinois Council of Governments would typically be there.
Other business: * The trustees authorized a donation of $150 for Special Olympics, * The mayor read a notice from Medicom regarding the increase in rates.
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