The city of Jasper has decided to instead pursue a federal grant to replace a 60-year-old waterline along Third Avenue between Staat Strasse and Meridian Road on the city’s southeast side.

The Jasper Utility Service Board and Common Council changed their minds and withdrew a request they made last month to withdraw the city’s $740,450 grant application from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

They decided to back out because they didn’t think they would get the grant after trying since last fall and having their application held by the EDA. City officials were looking to complete the project by this coming fall.

Soon after the city informed the Economic Development Administration about its plans, EDA representatives contacted Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Lisa Gehlhausen. Indiana 15 is the city’s administrator for the grant application.

Gehlhausen said she was told that it is likely¬† the city would get a grant, but that because of the federal agency’s budget, the grant may not be approved until summer or early fall.

After talking to Street Commissioner Raymie Eckerle about the condition of the road, both boards decided to pursue the federal grant and add paving the road back into the project. Eckerle said the road can be patched where needed this summer and the paving delayed until spring.