Funeral Procession for Officer Noah Shahnavaz

A message from the Lapel Police Department concerning the Funeral route for Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz on Saturday, 6 August 2022.\
I want to pass onto the residents of Lapel the route that the Funeral procession will take for Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz. I know there have been some postings on social media already of the route, but I wanted to pass on some additional information as well. The first thing I would like to say is thank you for the support you have shown for Officer Noah Shahnavaz, the Elwood Police Department, and Madison County Law Enforcement as a whole.
I know many of you have expressed a desire to show your support by lining the roadway as the procession passes through Lapel and I wanted to provide you with the route and locations that you can do so safely.
The procession route through Lapel will exit I-69 at the 214 exit and proceed north on SR-13. It will then turn west onto 300 S and proceed to Atlantic road where it will turn north and proceed to SR-13. For the residence of Brookside and Montgomery Farms, once the procession turns onto 300 S, you will be blocked from entering onto 300 S for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. It is estimated that there will be 2000 vehicles in the procession.
Please remember that the service will be a very fluid event and times are only estimates. I anticipate the procession will enter Lapel no earlier than 3:00 pm and no later than 5:30 pm. Again, please bear in mind that I have no way of actually knowing how many Officers will attend the funeral service and times could vary drastically. If you will follow the Town of Lapel Facebook page, a post will be made once the service at the ITown church is complete and the procession should be entering Lapel anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes after that time.
If you wish to show your support by standing roadside I ask that you do so in the following locations:
1. Along the grass at the Lapel Elementary school parking lot along 300 S.
2. Along the sidewalk in front of the Brookside and Montgomery Farms additions.
3. Along SR-13 at the Trinity Life Center.
4. Along SR-13 at the old Pilot gas station.
If you plan to stand along 300 S, parking is available at the Lapel Elementary school parking lot and overflow parking will be at the new ball fields on Brookside Rd. If you stand in front of the Trinity Life Center you could park in their parking lot and if you stand in front of the old Pilot you could park in their parking lot.
Again, thank you for your support. If there are any updates, they will be posted on the Town of Lapel Facebook page.
Chief Naselroad

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Surveys to help the Town of Lapel

The Town of Lapel is conducting two surveys to inform planning efforts: one for the Lapel Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the other for the Lapel Thoroughfare Plan. You may participate in both surveys or simply complete the one of most interest to you. There is an incentive for you to take both surveys.

For those who complete both surveys, you will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two $50 gift cards to Smoky’s Concession Stand in Downtown Lapel. Please note that town employees, commission members and council members are not eligible for the gift cards. We sincerely look forward to your input and feedback as we work to improve our Town.

The surveys will be live for two weeks. We hope to hear from you soon.

Here’s the link to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey:

Here’s the link to the Thoroughfare Plan survey:

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Waste Management Announcement


Good morning,

Beginning this week on Wednesday, WM will service Lapel’s trash pickup from our Indianapolis Hauling District instead of our Morristown Hauling District. This should be seamless to your residents as your service day will not change. Recycling pickup will continue to be provided by Morristown Hauling. The recycling schedule will not change either.

Again – we do not expect any impact to residents except that the time of the day that the drivers arrive could be different. If there is a way to let your residents know to place their trash and recycling at the curb the night before or prior to 6 a.m. that may be helpful in case of any change in the usual service time.

Thanks and have a great week!


Melinda Antell
Public Sector Solutions Representative
C: 317.339.5304

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Paving Projects Spring 2022

Earlier this week representatives of the Town of Lapel were present for a presentation of funds awarded from the 2022 Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

Governor Holcomb, Commissioner Smith of INDOT with Town President and Deputy Clerk Treasurer

Governor Holcomb (second from left) with Town President Teresa Retherford (left) and Deputy Clerk Treasurer Paula Lee (second from right) (Tuesday April 19th)
The upcoming project includes Erie Street, 10th Street, 500 S, and 4th Street.
We choose the streets that need to be paved based on findings from our engineering company Kimley Horn.
To view a copy of the latest street report created by Kimley Horn you can follow this link.
Additional Resources to Read

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Heavy Trash Pickup May 18th 2022


Cleanups are for Town of Lapel residential customers only and cleanup collection will not include commercial or apartment buildings. No trash from any small businesses operating out of a home will be accepted.

Examples of typical Household Heavy/Bulk Items that will be accepted:
• Carpet & padding and rugs are acceptable. Must be rolled & tied with tape or string into 4ft sections, no wider than 2ft in diameter, no heavier than 50 lbs.
• Mattresses/Box Springs/Upholstered Furniture must be wrapped in plastic for curbside pickup. Use Mattress bags (available at moving stores) or plastic painting drop cloths sealed with duct tape (available at department stores). Queen size mattress or smaller only. No sofa over 80” and no hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas.
• Bags placed for collection may not exceed thirty‚Äźfive (35) pounds & cans may not exceed fifty (50) pounds.
• No individual item over five (5) feet in length, three (3) feet wide or (3) three feet high or weighing over 100 pounds.
• Windows, glass, and mirrors must be less than 3’x4’ in size. Broken glass should be placed in a box, taped shut, and clearly marked, “Broken Glass.”
• Grills - Gas grills must have propane tank removed prior to disposal.
• Lawn Mowers - Push Lawn mowers must be drained of oil and/or gas prior to disposal. We do not accept riding lawn mowers.
• All small items must be in bags or cans for collection. LOOSE PILES WILL BE LEFT FOR THE HOMEOWNERS DISPOSAL.

WM will not accept:
• Auto parts, engines, tires, batteries
• Electronics, including televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, etc.
• No remodeling or construction material - lumber, plaster, drywall, paneling, siding, roofing, or other building materials
• Chemicals, pesticides, paints, solvents or other household hazardous waste
• Propane tanks/gas tanks
• Ashes
• Dead Animals
• Fencing
• Concrete, bricks, dirt, rocks, sod, or stumps
• Iron or steel, or Cast iron bathtubs, or
• Medical waste
• WM will not accept appliances that contain Freon, which include air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers, unless the appliance bears a certification sticker indicating that the Freon has been removed by a certified technician.

Description of Trash Size


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Limb Pickup 2022

Limb removal will be the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
Limb removal NOT to exceed ONE pile six feet tall by six feet wide by six feet deep with limbs four inches in diameter or smaller to be processed by the town chipper.
Place limbs street side by 7:00 a.m. on the regular scheduled pick-up day. Residents will be charged for limbs exceeding the above described limit. If residents require removal before regular monthly date, they may contact the town hall and will be billed for the service.

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Flushing Hydrants March 21st - 31st

The Town of Lapel Utility Department will be flushing hydrants March 21st - March 31st. We are hoping this can be done in one week, but due to being short staffed we want to prepare everyone with a two week timeline. Please be careful doing laundry during this time.

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Town Hall Closed until December 20th




WHEREAS, the undersigned, is the duly elected Town Council President, of the Town of Lapel, Indiana; and,

WHEREAS, Indiana Code §10-14-3-29(a)(1) permits the Town Council President to declare a local emergency; and,

WHEREAS, the Town Council has a duty to ensure efficient government of the Town; and,

WHEREAS, owing to a positive COVID-19 test or tests of Lapel Town employees, the undersigned hereby deems it necessary to close Lapel Town Hall, until Monday, December 20, 2021.


As a result of positive COVID-19 tests, Lapel Town Hall shall be closed until Monday, December 20, 2021.

 In addition, all public meetings of Town agencies and boards shall be conducted virtually until Monday, December 20, 2021. 

With the exception of Lapel Town Hall, all Town Departments, including First Responders, are to continue to operate as normal during the pendency of this Emergency.   Citizens making utility payments are instructed to utilize the drop box attached to the Town Hall or make an online payment.

The Lapel Police Department is hereby authorized to take lawful action necessary to effectuate the terms and intent of this Declaration, to reduce the risk of further spread of the Coronavirus which would reduce the efficiency of Lapel Town Government.

This emergency expires in seven (7) days.



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Released by: Chief Kelly Naselroad
On the evening of 1 November 2021 at 8:12 pm, the Lapel Police Department was contacted concerning an image that was posted to social media. The image was of a juvenile holding a weapon and there was a caption stating, “Don’t come to school tomorrow.”
The Lapel Police Department immediately began an investigation into the incident with cooperation and assistance from the Lapel Middle School. During the investigation it was determined that there were three middle school students involved with the photo and that only two of them had knowledge of the photo being posted onto social media. The third student was the juvenile in the photo. All three students and their parents were interviewed on the evening of 1 November 2021. Upon completion of the interviews, it was agreed between the Lapel Police Department and the Lapel Middle School that the posting of the photo onto social media was an ill-conceived joke between two students and it was not intended to be a threat.
A brief summary of the investigation follows:
- In July of 2021, Juvenile 1 sent Juvenile 2 a photo of himself holding a weapon along with a joke about him trying to be gangster. The photo sent by juvenile 1 did not have any captions and he was unaware that juvenile 3 had posted the photo, now with the captain, onto social media.
- Juvenile 2 received the photo in July of 2021 and held onto the photo. On 1 November 2021, he edited the photo with the caption, “Don’t go to school tomorrow” and at 7:12 pm he sent the edited photo to Juvenile 3. He admitted to talking with juvenile 3 after sending him the photo and that they thought it would be funny to post the edited photo onto juvenile 3’s Snap Chat story. He stated he never thought that the photo would be considered a threat against the school or the students, but instead just thought it was a funny joke.
- Juvenile 3 admitted to receiving the edited photo. He admitted to talking to juvenile 2 and talking about how funny it would be to post it on Snap Chat. At approximately 8:00pm, he posted the photo to his Snap Chat story. He also stated he never even thought it would be considered a threat and just thought it was a funny joke.
The investigation revealed that none of the students had easy access to any firearms. None of the students had made any type of threats previously, nor did any of them have a discipline history by the school.
At this time, there are no charges being filed by the Lapel Police Department. The Frankton-Lapel Community Schools have addressed the discipline of the students in accordance with the corporation student handbook.
Any follow up questions concerning this media release should be directed to Chief Kelly Naselroad at

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YOU ARE HEREBY notified there will be a Public Hearing of the Lapel Plan Commission to be held at the Lapel Eagles, 110 E. 9th Street, Lapel, Indiana, on the 17th day of November, 2021, at 6:30pm to hear public comment on the proposed amended permit fee schedule. The fee schedule is on file and may be examined in its entirety prior to the public hearing at the Clerk-Treasurer's Office at Lapel Town Hall, 825 N. Main Street, Lapel, Indiana 46051 during regular business from 8:00am - 4:00 pm local time.

Written objections to the proposal that are filed with the Lapel Town Council at or before the Hearing will be heard. The Hearing may be continued from time to time if necessary.

The public is invited to attend. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Governor has issued Executive Orders allowing governmental agencies to conduct meetings virtually during the course of the public health emergency. Please check the Town of Lapel's website at, the Town of Lapel's Facebook page, or contact Town Hall at 765 534-3157 for current information about the meeting and how to participate in the meeting virtually through Go To Meeting. Please be advised that if a virtual meeting format is allowed, this is in addition to an in-person meeting at the Lapel Eagles.

It is the policy of the Town of Lapel that all public meetings and events comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the ADA, who may need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate in a public meeting or event should contact the office of the Clerk-Treasurer of the Town of Lapel, Indiana as soon as possible, but no less than forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled meeting or event.

Town of Lapel, Plan Commission.

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YOU ARE HEREBY notified that due to Veteran's Day, the regular meeting of the Lapel Plan Commission, scheduled for November 11th, 2021, has been changed to November 17th, 2021 at 6:30pm and will be held at the Lapel Eagles, 110 East 9th Street, Lapel, Indiana 46051.

The public is invited to attend. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Governor has issued Executive Orders allowing governmental agencies to conduct meetings virtually during the course of the public health emergency. Please check the Town of Lapel's website at, the Town of Lapel's Facebook page, or contact Town Hall at 765 534-3157 for current information about the meeting and how to participate in the meeting virtually through Go To Meeting. Please be advised that if a virtual meeting format is allowed, this is in addition to an in-person meeting at the Lapel Eagles.

It is the policy of the Town of Lapel, that all public meetings and events comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the ADA, who may need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate in a public meeting or event should contact the office of the Lapel Town Clerk, as soon as possible, but no less than forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled meeting or event. Dated this 26th day of October 2021.

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Heavy Trash Pickup October 20th 2021


• See BELOW for acceptable household heavy/bulk items (list A)
• All items to be placed at curb in a neat orderly fashion by 6:00 A.M.
(Small loose material must be in trash bags or containers for service).
• See attached of material/items that cannot be taken at any time (list B)

LIST A: Example of Typical Household HEAVY/BULK Items:
• Lamps, Fans, Blinds
• Lawn Furniture, Gardening Tools
• Children’s toys
• Hot water heaters, microwaves
• Household furniture – No sofa over 80” and NO hide-a-bed/sleeper sofas
• Mattresses (MUST BE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC & DUCT TAPED), Queen size or smaller and box springs, bed frames
• Rugs (MUST be rolled and tied – no larger than 8’ x 10’)
• Bikes
• Extra bagged trash
• Other acceptable items that will not require more than one person to lift due to weight or size of the item

“Please contact Waste Management to make arrangements for any item
which requires special handling”

Appliances – Refrigerators/freezers must be tagged by a licensed technician that freon has been removed. Any item that cannot be lifted by one individual due to weight and/or size of the item.

• No construction debris
(such as carpet, roofing material, wood, insulation, plumbing materials, concrete, bricks, drywall, etc.)
• No liquid material
• No hazardous materials
• No tires
• No hide a beds/sleeper sofas/King Size Matresses
• No tenant household move outs
• No small loose trash that could be bagged for service
• No small business operating out of home with additional trash from other sources such as scrap metal collecting, remodeling services etc.

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Limb Pickup

Limb pick up for the 2021 season has ended, we ask that you do not deliver piles of limbs to the utility barn or water tower.

In the event of a storm or wind event we will provide service for limb removal please call the office to schedule a time. Leaf pick up for the season will begin in November.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted

JUNE 9th


JUNE 4th/5th

Due to a water main break at 7th Street & Brookside Road the Town of Lapel is currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. - Lifted on June 9th.

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JOB - Seasonal / Full Time Labor

The Town of Lapel Utility Department is a full-service department that integrates traditional operational services, infrastructure maintenance, capital projects, engineering, community development and planning services. Employees work within the operational services divisions of the Lapel Utility Department, including street and sidewalk maintenance, gas, water and sewer utility maintenance, and grounds maintenance.

Job Responsibilities

  • Grounds keeping
  • Assist street and sidewalk maintenance crews
  • Assist gas maintenance crews
  • Assist water and sewer maintenance crews


Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • CDL preferred

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Constant lifting and/or moving up to 65 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • Frequent walking and standing (sometimes on uneven surfaces), talking, listening, and operating computer (with or without reasonable accommodation)
  • Walking, grasping, lifting and carrying objects; reaching, operating hand controls and small tools, operating foot controls (such as driving a light-duty vehicle)
  • Work time is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and in a variety of environmental conditions, including (but not limited to) heat, cold, humidity, wind, rain, snow, dust and conditions normally associated with working outdoors and using hand tools and power equipment
  • Strong emphasis on workplace safety


Full-time utility labor position is $15.00 - $15.15 per hour, 40 hours per week. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm, occasional weekends & holidays.

Part-time seasonal labor position is $11 per hour. Operating hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm June 1, 2021 thru August 31, 2021.

How to Apply

Applications can be picked up at the Lapel Town Hall Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. The position will remain open until filled; resumes will be reviewed as received. Persons requiring reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are asked to contact the Town Hall Office at (765) 534-3157. The Town of Lapel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Press Release: February Gas Event

The Town of Lapel Gas Utility is one of 32 (thirty-two) small gas utilities in the State of Indiana. On February 13, 2021 the Town asked its residents to do their part to help conserve gas by reducing temperatures in their homes and businesses. This request was based on increased demand across the country due to a far-reaching polar vortex. This cold was devastating to much of the southern states, Including Texas. This cold caused power outages that not only disrupted millions of lives in Texas but also caused shutdowns at oil refineries and natural gas wells across the state.

Many gas utilities, including the Town of Lapel, work with suppliers to purchase gas in advance at a discounted rate. This rate averages somewhere in the $2-$3 per unit (Dekatherm) range. Once this pre purchased amount is used, then incremental purchases are made at the current market rate.

During this event natural gas pricing spiked as high as $1,100 per unit. This was the first time in history that an event like this has produced a spike of this magnitude in the price of natural gas. We and several other communities across the country feel the actions taken during this weather emergency by the gas suppliers equates to nothing less than price gouging during an emergency. We have shared this concern with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC). In addition, we have been in contact with the State Attorney General’s office to investigate potential price gouging by the gas suppliers. Nationally this is being investigated by Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

As a result of this predatory pricing the bill the town receives from the gas supplier for the month of February alone was nearly $500,000. This is nearly $200,000 more than was projected for all of 2021. The town is currently working with several different agencies to secure funding to cover this unexpected expense.

What does all this mean for the town of Lapel and its residents? Unfortunately, this means if you are a Lapel Gas Customer, you will see some uncomfortable numbers when you open your newest bill. We understand that many of our residents and businesses will not have the means to pay this bill on the due date. As a result, we will allow any resident or business the opportunity to arrange a payment plan for this month’s gas bill. This payment plan is for the Gas Portion of your bill ONLY. All other utilities will need to be paid on time as well as all future billings. Gas customers utilizing automatic withdrawal will need to contact town hall and set up a payment plan and manually make their payment. All gas customers will receive in the mail a copy of the information I have shared with you tonight along with specific information for of the steps necessary to make payment arrangements for your account.

Ultimately our goal is that the state and federal agencies, along with our legal team, will be successful and a settlement will be reached that allows us to issue refunds to all customers affected. While this is our goal, there is no guarantee that this will happen.

We have been working diligently to determine the best course of action for this situation. This decision was not made lightly. After consulting with several advisors, we chose what we feel is in the best interest of all residents. This plan allows you to have control over how you will pay your bill and adjust your personal budgets. Everyone’s financial situation is not the same and it would be wrong for us to make this choice for you.

Again, all gas customers must contact town hall to set up your payment plan. If you do not make arrangements for your account, then we do expect the balance due in full on he due date.

We welcome your comments. We expect them to be both good, and bad.

There are financial aid options available if you qualify. Please contact Town Hall for more details.

We would like to thank the following for all their assistance in this matter up to this point and going forward:

  • Indiana Bond Bank
  • Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
  • Indiana Attorney General’s Office
  • Utility Gas Management
  • Graham, Hopper, Farrer, and Wilson
  • Taft Law Offices, Indianapolis

We want to thank all of you as well. Please work with us and together we can all get through this.

Thank You.
Chad Blake
President, Lapel Town Council

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Gas Utility Updates

Many of you will notice a big increase in your gas utility amount. We understand this may cause a hardship on some. We are offering a payment plan of up to 9 months for the GAS portion of your MARCH bill only. You are still required to make your monthly payment for water, wastewater, gas, trash, and stormwater on time for each bill.

We will not setup this payment plan automatically. You MUST contact Lapel Town Hall no later than 3/29/2021 to setup your plan.

(765)534-3157 or

Financial Assistance may be available for those that qualify:

  • Stony Creek Township Trustee (applications at Lapel Town Hall)
  • Energy Assistance Program (, (765)298-8086

Budget Customers

It is crucial that you look at your actual total of your gas utility. The polar vortex caused a spike in gas prices, which could impact your budget. We can NOT change your budget amount, but you CAN pay more towards your budget every month. Paying more towards your budget will help prevent a heavy settle up in July.

Example: If your gas budget is normally $50/month but you notice you are behind in your budget, you can start paying $100/month towards gas if that fits into your financial situation.

ACH Customers



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Special Planning Meeting


Call to order

Abor Homes/Hallmark Homes housing addition

New business/old business


YOU ARE HEREBY notified there will be a Special Meeting of the Lapel Planning Commission held at the Lapel Eagles, 110 E 9th Street, Lapel, Indiana on the 25th day of February, 2021 at 6:30pm.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions this meeting will be held virtually, and in person.

It is the policy of the Town of Lapel that all public meetings and events comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are accessible to people with disabilities.  Individuals with disabilities, as defined under the ADA, who may need auxiliary aids, services or special modifications to participate in a public meeting or event should contact the office of the Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Lapel, Indiana as soon as possible, but no less than 48 hours before the scheduled event.


                                                                                    /s/ Gary Shuck

                                                                                         Gary Shuck, Planning Commission President

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Lt. Gov. Crouch announces $8 Million federal grant fund recipients

Lt. Gov. Crouch announces 12 communities to 
receive more than $8 million

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2020) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced 12 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.

“These grants are vital to Indiana’s economic success as these projects should improve the quality of life in these rural communities,” Crouch said. “Collaborations between federal, state and local partners as they invest in the state’s water infrastructure is a win for Hoosiers as we work toward a stronger Indiana.”

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“Ensuring rural communities have the necessary infrastructure in place has never been more crucial as we continue to cope with COVID-19,” said Denny Spinner, Executive Director of OCRA. "Indiana's rural communities must have a foundation to build on to enable them to be on the road to recovery, and water projects such as these are essential as leaders focus on the health and safety needs of their residents. This is another example of state and local leadership coming together to improve the quality of life for Hoosiers across the state.”

For this round’s grantees, OCRA will delay the start of the administration process until after the holidays. The first round of the 2021 CDBG program will open March 29, 2020. Additionally, the suspension of Main Street Revitalization Program and Public Facilities Program will continue. All eligible programs for 2021 were included in the OCRA calendar and additional information will be provided in March.

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more program information, visit

The Stormwater Improvement Program strives to reduce flooding, to cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, to protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape and generate jobs to spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for this grant funding include stormwater improvements, as well as demolition and/or clearance. The following communities are the beneficiaries of this program:

The City of Lawrenceburg is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will rehabilitate storm drainage infrastructure in a high-flood prone area adjacent to Doughty Road. By replacing the sluice gate, backflow valve, and pump to the current systems and rehabilitating ditches in the area, it will prevent future flooding to the Doughty Road area.

The City of Sullivan is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will install new storm sewers along Price Street starting at State Street and extending across Section Street. Inlets will be added to each intersection along this route and as needed along the existing shallow ditches. Once complete, this project will help to reduce flooding during and after rain events.

The Town of Edinburgh is awarded $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will replace dry wells and install a new storm sewer system along High School Drive with an outlet that will be treated and then feeds out to the Big Blue River.

The goals of the Wastewater/Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements. The following communities are the beneficiaries of this program:

The City of Beech Grove is awarded $600,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will reline approximately 15,652 linear feet of wastewater mains that continue to fail. These wastewater lines are collapsing and causing sinkholes and poor sewer service to residents.

The Town of Carbon is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will rehabilitate the town’s original water infrastructure and components by elevating the water tank, complete a booster station rehabilitation and install water main upgrades.

The Town of Dana is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project is a system-wide comprehensive rehabilitation of system components upgrades/improvements: wellfield, water treatment plant, storage facility and distribution system. This project will allow the Town to provide necessary emergency back-up power at the Town’s wellfield and water treatment plant, improve water supply, transmission and treatment, increase water storage capacity and provide accurate water metering to cut down water loss/unbilled water usage.

The Town of Lapel is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. Project components include installing 10,550 linear feet of water main, complete well improvements, and water treatment and storage improvements.

The Town of Leavenworth is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will deliver improvements to the Leavenworth Water Utility, including a new, 60,000-gallon elevated storage tank with a tank mixing system. It will also demolish of the existing tank, install a new security fence around the tank site and build a new control building.

The Town of New Market is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install more than 1,100 linear feet of water main replacing 1930s cast iron water mains. Along with these water main improvements, the town will add a media filter to the water treatment plant to a help alleviate residential water issues.

The Town of Spurgeon is awarded $700,000 to construct a wastewater system. This project will construct a new wastewater collection system, since no system currently exists. The town will install 71 grinder pump stations to serve one or more households, and the connect more than 19,000 linear feet of force main lines throughout the town. The collection system will then connect to a main owned by the Town of Lynnville, which will then provide treatment.

The Town of Thorntown is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install a new wastewater lagoon adjacent to the current lagoon to increase capacity by 33 percent. Additional project elements include installing 2,400 linear feet of piping to connect the lagoons, six control valves, two blowers and diffusers, as well as a building a new lagoon.

Putnam County is awarded $700,000 for water system improvements to the Van Bibber Lake conservancy district. This project is a full-system rehabilitation and upgrade of all original, 1970s water distribution system components and the construction of a new water treatment plant. This project will also increase water main sizes to improve system-wide pressure, flow and flushing capabilities, and enhance isolation capabilities during future leaks.


Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit

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