Constantine applies for grants for fire station, electronic water meters

CONSTANTINE — Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett told the Constantine Village Council that he had applied for two grants from the Michigan Revitalization and Placemaking Program (RAP) at a Monday, June 6 council meeting. One grant is to build a new fire station.

"I began the process hoping to build a new fire station, police station, and a training building, but the total cost of the project would likely have been in the range of $4.8 million. Our match would have been 50 percent or $2.4 million, so we applied for the fire station alone at a total cost of $2.6 million, leaving us a match of $1.3 million," he said.

Honeysett said if the village qualified for the grant for the fire station, he would apply for a Rural Development loan, the same lender financing a new proposed village sewer plant, to cover the village's match amount. 

The village also applied for a second RAP grant to purchase and install electronic water meters, at a cost of $360,000. Honeysett said he would apply for a loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the village match of roughly $180,000.

The RAP program is an incentive program to provide $100 million to address the COVID-19 impact in Michigan communities.

In other business…

  • Honeysett said that he applied for a grant from the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) to repave Florence Road and Industrial Drive.  The project cost is $800,000. The TEDF grant would provide $250,000, leaving the village a $550,000 match, which Honeysett said is available in the village's major road fund.
  • Wendy Rodewald, owner of Lilliput Learning Center requested the village contact their insurance company to see if she could get assistance after her facility was flooded on May 16.

Angie Birdsall is a freelance writer who primarily covers Constantine.

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