Tuesday, June 9, 1998
Governor Bill Graves (top, center) is shown in Jewell City Hall announcing to a crowd of approximately 75 local residents that the City of Jewell will receive almost $1.5 Million from the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing through that department's 1998 Comprehensive Development Program.
|Three Division Directors from the Kansas Department of
Commerce & Housing were also in attendance, these being Steve Kelly (Business), Mary
Faye LaFaver (Community Development) and Randy Speaker (Housing).
The project will position the City of Jewell within North Central Kansas as a residential/communter community by providing high quality basic services for senior citizens and young families. The project involves enhancements to all facets of key community infrastructure. The water distribution system will be rehabilitated to decrease water loss, leaks, odor and poor taste. Approximately 20 homes will be rehabilitated and four uninhabitable units will be demolished. Five buildings in a dilapidated downtown block will be razed and replaced with a new multi-purpose community facility including a day care, meeting rooms, office space and motel rooms.
The grant of $1,477,740 will be matched by another $321,342 from various local sources to enable the community to carry out the tasks outlined. More specifically, these are as follows.