Oskaloosa The news was mixed for the Oskaloosa City Council on a proposal to improve the city's water distribution system.
"The good news is you don't have to spend any money right now," said Cecil Kingsley, an engineer with BG Consultants Inc. "The bad news is you still have a substandard water system."
Oskaloosa's $2 million Community Development Block Grant application for water distribution improvements was not funded in 1995.
CDBG grants are a maximum of $400,000. Remaining funds for the project must come from other sources.
Kingsley said the city stands a good chance of securing a grant in 1996.
"The city needs to understand where they need to adjust their grant to get better consideration next year," he said. "Every year you work on it, they move you a little closer."
The city wants to enlarge existing water lines and add a water tower.
In a related matter, the council voted to contribute $1,000 to the Jefferson County Wholesale Water District for a feasibility study that will be conducted by Bartlett & West Engineers Inc.
The study will include a water demand survey and an evaluation of water supply alternatives for the county.