Mclouth — The city council will seek a $400,000 community development block grant to help fund an upgrade of the city's sewer system.
The council, which held a public hearing Tuesday night on the grant application, will forward its request to the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. In making the application, the council committed itself to spending $400,000 in city matching funds for the estimated $800,000 project.
The sewer system improvements are necessary for relief of an already overburdened system that already is exceeding discharge limitations, city officials said. The system was built for a population of 800, and McLouth now has approximately 1,000 residents.
A second public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 26 for McLouth residents who are interested.
In other business Tuesday, the council decided to purchase a piece of property from Jean Casey as a city storage area for $2,300. Council members also approved a $500 expenditure to ensure a city fireworks display on July 4.