NORWICH – Federal grant funds are letting the City of Norwich to move forward with a multi-million dollar undertaking to replace the its outdated water tank on Wheeler Avenue at a lesser cost to taxpayers than predicted.
Norwich officials announced last week that the city has secured a $62,000 grant through the USDA to pay unexpected lead abatement costs associated with the water tank replacement project. A lead-based paint was used to paint the tank.
Earlier this year, the project, which was initially estimated at a total $2.7 million, was upped to approximately $3.4 million due largely to unforeseen costs of lead abatement and incidental expenses. The city council approved up to $780,000 in additional bonds for the project at a special meeting called in July, though the goal, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Carl Ivarson, is to utilize as little of that money as possible.