Thanks to a state grant, one part of Colchester might soon look a good deal better.
Rural communities across Illinois are eligible for thousands of dollars in state money to upgrade municipal facilities with energy efficient equipment.
Energy efficient light bulbs and boilers cost more, so cash strapped communities are less likely to pay that extra money.
Carthage will receive a $252,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate up to six homes.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said, ”It's a good program if the house is not in too bad a shape. Youjust can't take a really old run-down house. There's not enough funds to fix those up.”
The repairs can be fairly extensive. They can include electrical upgrades, plumbing, and weatherization.
The homes have not been selected.
The Western Illinois Regional Council will supervise the process.
Carthage is working with the Western Illinois Regional Council to secure a grant for home rehabilitation. The city hopes to secure at least a $250,000 grant.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said the city has successfully applied for federal Community Development Block Grants on three occasions. He said the program does more than spruce up a home.
He said, “It seems like it gives people a little bit more pride and they tend to keep their homes up after they get these improvements. So I think it's a big plus for our community.”