Tomlinson water to be target of grant


Council will review proposal in August



The city of Sulphur Springs will seek a grant writer in an attempt to secure funds to replace water and sewer lines on Tomlinson Street, per a decision by the city council during their regular July meeting. 

Grants for this project could range from $50,000 to $500,000, Niewiadomski said. The city intends to apply for funds to replace water and sewer lines on Tomlinson Street, although the city could apply for other projects instead, city manager Marc Maxell noted. 

“We know we’ve got water problems on Tomlinson,” Maxwell said. “It’s extremely old water line.” 

GrantWorks, located out of Austin, submitted an application to work with the city for the project. The firm is already working with the city on their community development block grant (CDGB), according to community development director Tory Niewiadomski, which is installing sidewalks on portions of Sunset Street.

“GrantWorks does not charge a fee to submit a proposal, and only collects a fee if a grant is rewarded, so there’s no risk to us,” Niewiadomski told the council. 

The city council unanimously approved preparing a grant application with GrantWorks, and stated they would like to see the prepared grant in August.