LANCASTER - If Lancaster does not get a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund a major water line improvement project, it won't be because the city didn't try.
That's according to Councilwoman Donna Powell, who said the city has the required number of surveys to apply for a grant that could fund half the $1.2 million project. "It was a tremendous job," said Powell of the survey effort.
Lancaster needed at least 400 completed surveys to show that 51 percent of its residents are low to moderate income to be eligible for the grant. Powell said 414 were returned, and she believes they will show that 70 percent of the population is low to moderate income. "I was shocked," she said. "I worried about getting 51 percent."
Powell said she was disappointed in the low number of people who visited city hall to fill out the income surveys. Because of that, many of the surveys were completed by going door-to-door. "Millard Rose (the interim utility superintendent), I sent him out. I told him everything else had to be put on hold. He did a lot of door-to-door," said Powell.