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      Grant puts Bloomfield closer to contract with Rathbun Water

      The city of Bloomfield is one step closer to entering into a contract with Rathbun Regional Water Association to provide water to all residents.

      The city announced last week that it had received a $500,000 grant through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Program. Combined with a $1.5 million low-interest loan, the $2 million connection fee to enter into the contract is covered.

      Bloomfield has been looking into their options for water supply since the DNR deemed their current source too small. However, the city still hasn't made the final decision if this is the route they want to take.

      "It'll be up to the council. They'll have to decide now whether to sign the contract with Rathbun and go ahead and proceed," said Ted Henderson, Director of Bloomfield Public Works. "We're still trying to decide and looking at all the options and so it'll be up to the council, they'll have to look at this information and the other information, we're going to try to go for some more grants to finish the project."

      Henderson said the item will be taken up with the council on July 18 and he thinks it is likely the council will approve the contract.

      The details of the contract with Rathbun Water Association have already been drawn up, so it won't be long afterwards that the project can begin.