Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: “The council gave the OK for the Allen County commissioners to spend $5 million for infrastructure projects.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is delivering for Hoosiers in Allen County. This time, the COVID- Relief plan will revitalize water and infrastructure systems across the community – including a sewer lift near Woodlan High School, waterline extensions for New Haven, and water and sewer line extensions for Harlan. There’s no doubt these community investments, delivered by Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan, are creating a brighter future for Hoosier families.
Unfortunately, Fort Wayne’s U.S Congressman Jim Banks voted “NO” on this investment for his constituents. In fact, Banks falsely claimed this transformative legislation would “hurt small businesses”. The Congressman joined an Indiana GOP that described these kitchen-table issues as “socialism” – claiming this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. Throughout the 2022 elections (and beyond), Democrats will highlight how the Indiana GOP has no plan for the state’s future – just a national partisan agenda.
Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for the Hoosier State:
The Journal Gazette: County Council OKs relief allocation- $5 million in COVID funds targeted for infrastructure
A long-awaited allocation of federal COVID-19 relief money in Allen County was approved Thursday by Allen County Council.
The money is the county’s first major distribution from the $73 million provided by the American Rescue Plan Act.
Three possible projects were presented to council members – $375,000 to Woodburn for a sewer lift station near Woodlan High School, $2 million to New Haven to extend water lines and a $2.5 million proposal to extend water and sewer lines from the Maysville Regional Water and Sewer District in Harlan.
Last month, the Maysville district asked county commissioners to consider its projects for American Rescue Plan funding – $1.5 million for a new water tower and water line extension and $1 million for sanitary sewer lines that would connect 44 homes to public sewers. Neither project would be fully funded with American Rescue Plan money.
New Haven would be able to “engage a lot more acreage for development” with American Rescue Plan money, including in the Casad Depot industrial area and new housing developments, said Bill Bradley, the city’s corporate engagement specialist.