If it makes the difference between getting a federal grant and not getting it, the city of Lancaster ought to make sure that a survey of city residents is conducted properly.
At a meeting Monday, the city council discussed problems it has encountered in getting approval for a $568,000 grant for water line improvements. Receiving the grant means the difference between the average resident paying 63 cents or $1.49 more a month for the water line project, which has a total cost of $1.135 million.
A previous effort to apply for the grant was hurt by the fact that a survey of city water customers did not show that at least 51 percent were "low and moderate income" according to government guidelines. Application for a federal grant also requires that half of the surveys must be correctly filled out and returned. In Lancaster's case, only 125 out of 475 forms were returned.