Zorn applauds grant for Morenci water infrastructure project

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday applauded the city of Morenci for earning a state grant to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

“Clean and efficient water and sanitation infrastructure are critical to maintaining healthy communities and helping them attract new investment and opportunities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud the local leaders in Morenci for working together with state officials to earn this grant to make these important updates and keeping their water clean and safe for area families.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) awarded Morenci a $2 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to reconstruct water and sanitary sewer mains, resurface three streets, and complete a rebuild of a lift station and iron removal filter system.

The grant requires a $478,452 local match from the city.

Morenci was one of 11 communities around Michigan to earn the funding, which is designed to support low- and moderate- income communities in making necessary improvements or upgrades to their existing public infrastructure related to water, sewer and wastewater systems.

In addition, MSF approved up to $550,000 in CDBG funds to provide administrative services to assist the communities with the compliance and administrative requirements of the awards.