Esto told why town was denied grant

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

ESTO — A representative from Summit Professional Services, Dennis Dingman, came before the Esto Town Council to explain to them why they did not receive the Community Development Block Grant to update their water system during their regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 5.

“There were 260 communities applying for that grant and all of them scored higher points than you, to be blunt,” said Dingman. “I assure you though, there was nothing you could do to score any higher then you did. I must say that the time and effort that you did as a town was impressive to raise your scores, it just wasn’t enough.”

Dingman explained that scoring was based aspects such as the income of the population, number of minorities employed by the town, health and safety of the water supply, and so on.

“For the income of the population it is still based on the census done in 2000 and I have a feeling that the residents exaggerated on their income on that census,” said Dingman. “The 2010 census results won’t be used until September of this year, however I don’t think the trend will have changed.”

The minority employment rate for the town would have to be above a certain percentage in comparison to the county’s for the points to make a significant difference, he said.

“Another way to increase your points was to get a letter from the Department of Environmental Protection stating that you’d have to update your water system for the health and well being of your residents,” he said. “However, since your water is still at safe drinking levels and you’re only replacing existing pipes that was not an option.”

Dingman said that it was still at the town’s advantage to continue applying for the grant, especially since the engineering plans have already completed and would be valid for a couple of years.



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