The Town of Smyrna continues to forge ahead with its list of stimulus-funded water system improvements. On August 28, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) visited Smyrna to observe the town’s progress on these stimulus projects. Sen. Carper said these stimulus projects provide jobs, while at the same time providing clean drinking water to residents. “These aren’t just makeshift projects; these are jobs that put people to work for a good public purpose,” Carper said. In all, Smyrna was awarded a stimulus loan for six water projects worth an estimated $3.77 million.

 


The Town of Smyrna continues to forge ahead with its list of stimulus-funded water system improvements.

On August 28, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) visited Smyrna to observe the town’s progress on these stimulus projects.

Smyrna Mayor Pat Stombaugh, Vice Mayor Bill Raynor, Town Manager Dave Hugg, staff from Smyrna’s Public Works Department and members of the town’s engineering firm, KCI Technologies, were on hand as the senator toured the sites of two of these water projects.

The first stop was site of the town’s second stimulus-funded project – the replacement of a water line running between Belmont Avenue and Sunnyside Road – which was nearly complete at the time of the senator’s visit.

Sen. Carper said these stimulus projects provide jobs, while at the same time providing clean drinking water to residents.

“These aren’t just makeshift projects; these are jobs that put people to work for a good public purpose,” Carper said.

In all, Smyrna was awarded a stimulus loan for six water projects worth an estimated $3.77 million.

The senator next visited the site of one of the final water projects planned for the town – Well House #2 at South Main Street and Mill Street.

This well house is one of two in Smyrna that will receive upgrades under one of the approved stimulus projects.

Ryan Flickinger of KCI said the town already meets state drinking water standards, but these well house improvements will further improve water quality. He expects construction on the well house upgrades to begin no later than mid-November.

Speaking with Sen. Carper, Hugg described Smyrna’s list of stimulus projects as the “back of your mind, worry in the middle of the night” kind of projects that needed to be addressed.

“If anyone ever gives you a hard time on stimulus money, I can tell you in Smyrna we’re using it and it’s making a big difference,” Hugg said.

Under the terms of Smyrna’s $3.77 million stimulus loan, about 52 percent of the principal for the six projects will be waived upon completion, which would translate to about $1.94 million in savings for the town.

As funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now being used in places across the country, including Smyrna, there’s been some talk on the national level about a possible second stimulus package.

But Sen. Carper said he’s “guardedly optimistic” that the economy is making a comeback.

“My initial thought is the second round is not necessary,” he said. “My sense is that the economy has bottomed out, and has started coming back. ... I’m guardedly optimistic that we’re coming out of it.”