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Tipton Community Building
City of Tipton receives KAN STEP grant
for addition to community building
The Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce) has awarded the City of Tipton a
$140,810 grant to construct an addition to its existing community building. The
City of Tipton is located in Mitchell County in north-central Kansas.
Tipton's existing community building is a gymnasium. It lacks an adequate
kitchen, meeting room, or lockers and is currently not in compliance with ADA
The new community center will serve 215 persons. The total cost of the
improvement will be $235,400, which includes $94,590 in volunteer labor and a
KAN STEP grant of $140,810.
The project architect is Donnie Marrs of DMA Architects, Salina, KS. Grant
administration will be provided by Doug McKinney, North Central Regional
Planning Commission. Volunteer "sparkplugs" for the project are Adrian Arnoldy,
Phil Murrow and Dan Hake. Kansas Rural Water Association will provide inspection
services and technical assistance to the volunteers.
The grant is awarded through Commerce's KAN STEP program, a self-help program
that enables small communities to make major infrastructure improvements. Local
people volunteer labor and services, while Commerce provides funding for
materials and technical services. An acronym for Kansas Small Towns Environment
Program, KAN STEP gives small communities an opportunity to do projects they
couldn't otherwise afford. The funding is provided through the federal Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.