Will defray cost of new water tank

Beacon on May 1 announced it had received a federal grant that covers more than half of the cost of a new water tank.

The $856,467 grant, from an Environmental Protection Agency program designed to assist communities with their public water utilities, will pay for 58 percent of the $1.48 million cost of replacing the Fairview Water Tank. The tank, which holds 1 million gallons and was built in the early 1980s, will be replaced by a new tank that can hold up to 1.5 million gallons.

The city said it has eight other grant applications underway for $692,000 in funds for projects such as youth development, senior support, pollution prevention and firehouse enhancements.

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