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Centertown continues to seek funds from a Community Development Block Grant for the village's ongoing water tower project.

Centertown voters passed a $1.5 million revenue bond issue for water service improvements in November 2018.

Bartlett & West engineers are working with the village to submit a Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund small loan and grant application. Funds are available for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.

Brown said they plan to have the paperwork submitted to DNR by the end of September.

The current water tower, built in the 1950s, has lead paint on the exterior, which is expensive to replace.

Project plans include removing the current tower and bringing in a replacement, which would be nearly twice as tall, enhancing the drinking water pressure for residents and safety of the tower. The project would replace water lines as needed.

The grant also would allow Centertown to add a second well in the community.

Brown said if all goes well, the village put the project out to bid later this year and have a new tower up and running within two years, said Adam Brown, chairman of the Centertown Board of Trustees.

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