Governor Laura Kelly announced that $100 million is going toward 35 infrastructure investment projects associated with economic development across the state. This funding is made available through the Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) Grant program.
The City of Moundridge was awarded $409,914 and will utilize the grant funds to make improvements to the electrical and natural gas distribution systems to assist with industrial and residential growth. (According to the U.S. Census Moundridge grew at a rate of 12% 2010-2020).
The planned electrical system improvements will include the construction of an electrical distribution line from the City’s new substation on the south end of town to The Bradbury Company at the junction of 23rd Avenue and Highway 260. Utility Superintendent, Jeremy Johnson said, “This will provide a new loop in our electrical service and allow us to put The Bradbury Company and Tortilla King on their own circuit. This will give them added protection from power outages. The Kansas Municipal Energy Agency will assist the City in building the distribution line. “
The natural gas system improvements will include construction of a 4-inch gas line from the north to provide new service to Tortilla King, which is currently on a dead-end line. The 7,000 feet of new gas line will create a loop in the gas distribution system and will provide more consistent natural gas pressure in our system.
The Department of Commerce received 446 applications totaling $1.8 billion in requested funds, demonstrating the vast need across the state.