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Town tries again on funds for Irving-area water lines

Hanover officials hope the third try will prove the charm for obtaining a grant from the governor's office under the Small Cities program.

At public hearing Monday, Supervisor Kathy Tampio said the town is vying for $400,000 for the water line project in the Irving area.

Water lines in the small residential and commercial area in the northeast corner of the town are more than 50 years old. The plan calls for relining the larger lines and replacing smaller ones.

Don Manning of Irving said his neighbors support the project, while he hopes the town has a "plan B" if the grant falls through.

"The water flow is terrible, and we are worried that our area will be left behind if improvements are not made," he said.

Tampio said the condition of the lines -- plagued by frequent breaks and low pressure -- makes attracting new businesses or residential construction difficult in the area.

The project is part of a $4.75 million program started by the town last year. Water lines are being relined and replaced in other parts of the town's districts.

A low-income hardship loan and a $500,000 grant funded other sections of the program. The current application seeks a grant to cover more than half of the engineering and construction for work, estimated at $711,000.

The funds are available for areas with residents of low to moderate incomes. Tampio said the Irving area qualifies, since 59 percent of its residents fall below the income guidelines in the category.

The application is due April 3. Residents who were unable to attend the hearing can submit written comments to the town clerk's office.

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