At a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Marion County Board of Supervisors approved an application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Water and Sewer Fund to cover the costs of installing a new sewer system to serve the unincorporated areas of Attica and Pershing.
Discussion of this project has been ongoing for years. Funding sought totals $3,545,500. Of that, $300,000 is expected to come through a Community Development Block Grant.
Marion County's role in this endeavor is that of a "pass-through" organization, through which the money will flow. Central Iowa Water Association is working with the state government on this project. CIWA's Kristie Wildung is facilitating the project.
Wildung told the supervisors that funding, which will come from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development division, is expected to come through. The announcement may be made in March.
Representatives from Attica and Pershing were present at the meeting. A spokesperson said the communities have been clearing ditches and making other preparations for the project. Marion County Environmental Health Director Cory Frank said the plan includes arrangements that will accommodate growth in the future.