WESTFIELD - The Town of Westfield is one step closer to a grant and loan to improve the water infrastructure in Barcelona.
Martha Bills, town supervisor, made the announcement at a recent Town Board meeting.
After completing an addendum to its application with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to change the scope of the project, the town received a phone call from the department asking to meet in person.
At the meeting, the town was presented with two letters saying the project is eligible for funding through the water and environmental program.
"It's a great first step in the right direction," Bills said.
The application received 95 priority points and has been chosen to receive preliminary funding estimate of the maximum grant available of $750,000 and a subsidized loan which would break down to $133.56 per user per year. Users spent more than $90 per user this past year for repairs.
"This is very good news," Bills said.
The town has 90 days to respond from the time of the letter if it wants to try and receive the funds for this fiscal year instead of next so long as the funds are available. To comply with the timeline, the town held a special meeting recently to create a Barcelona Water Benefit District.
"Time is of the essence," Bills said.
She added a meeting would be scheduled for everyone living in the Barcelona area once more information is available to allow residents to ask questions. During public comment, a gentleman complimented the town after receiving a letter regarding the funding situation in Barcelona.
"This is the kind of communication we'd like to see more of," he said.