Hominy lands grant to rehab water tank

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Hominy has been named to receive more than $270,000 of grant funds to rehabilitate a 200,000-gallon water tank, according to INCOG officials.

Gary Lanham, who resigned as Hominy’s city manager last week to run for the District 10 seat in the Oklahoma Senate, beamed when he heard the news Monday.

“That’s a huge deal,” Lanham said. “It’s fantastic. I never got the final word.”

A news release prepared by INCOG attributed to Lanham a comment to the effect that rehabilitation of the water tank has been a “top priority” in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. Lanham told the Journal-Capital on Monday that Hominy has two water tanks and this grant funding will help to rehabilitate the older of the two tanks.

The Hominy grant funding is comprised of two grants, each of which is to account for exactly half of the overall amount of money available. The city has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is federal money passed to the city through the state of Oklahoma, in the amount of $136,363.63.

The city has also been awarded a Rural Economic Action Plan grant in the amount of $136,363.63, which is state money made available through the Oklahoma legislature, explained Megan Douglas, a planner with the Indian Nations Council of Governments.

The water tank that will be rehabilitated has corrosion problems, both exterior and interior. The grant will cover engineering costs, as well as sandblasting and repainting of the interior and exterior tank surfaces and rehabilitation to the roof hatch, vents and ladders, according to INCOG. Work on the tank is scheduled to begin in spring 2019, according to INCOG.

Other Osage County communities named to receive Rural Economic Action Plan grants through INCOG include Fairfax, which is to receive $39,100 to cover the cost of engineering design services for water system improvements, and Avant, which is to receive $25,000 of grant funds to help with the purchase and installation of a storm siren.

Burbank has been named to receive $60,000 of transportation grant funding to help cover the costs of rehabilitating and resurfacing a mile to a mile-and-a-half of 1st Street, according to INCOG.