A funding list shall be compiled by the commissioner before each grant application period. The list shall be used to determine which municipalities are eligible to apply for individual sewage treatment system grant funds.
To be placed on the funding list a municipality must meet the requirements of part 7077.0710, subpart 5, and either item A, B, or C, as appropriate.
A municipality with a project proposal must submit a written request for the project to be placed on the funding list to the commissioner during a submittal period announced by a notice in the State Register. The notice shall include submittal deadlines and conditions. The placement request must be made on forms provided by the agency and must include:
a resolution of the governing body of the municipality that designates the municipality as the responsible party for the funding list placement request and future grant application, authorizes the filing of the request and future application, and designates the municipal official authorized to sign the request, future application, and related documents;
a map of the municipal jurisdiction or approved alternative planning area;
a preliminary list that identifies the addresses of the individual sewage treatment systems that are suspected to be failed and that meet the eligibility requirements under part 7077.0710, subpart 2;
median household income data or alternative median household income data that includes income data and computation methodology for municipalities and planning areas not included in the decennial census;
the municipality's estimated date of site evaluation, design, and construction for all eligible systems;
a copy of a draft ordinance for adopting the requirements of chapter 7080 and establishing a maintenance plan for the individual sewage treatment systems within the jurisdiction of the municipality; and
the estimated amount of grant funding necessary for eligible site evaluation, system design, and construction costs.
A municipality with a project that has been awarded a partial grant under part 7077.0735, subpart 2, shall submit a written request for the remaining grant fund entitlement to the commissioner by the published placement-request submittal deadline described under item A.
Municipalities that submit placement requests that do not include the information required in subpart 2 or that are not postmarked by the published deadline shall not be placed on the funding list.
Priority ranking of projects will be based on the median household income approved by the commissioner for the project planning area. Ranking on the funding list shall be determined as described in items A to C:
Partial award projects shall be ranked before other grant increase amendments and project proposals. Partial award projects shall be ranked with the lowest median household income receiving the highest priority.
Grant increase amendments other than for partial awards shall be ranked after the lowest priority partial award project on the funding list and before project proposals. These grant increases shall be ranked with the lowest median household income receiving the highest priority.
Project proposals shall be ranked after the lowest priority grant increase amendment project on the funding list. Project proposals shall be ranked with the lowest median household income receiving the highest priority.
To determine the fundable range on the funding list, the commissioner shall subtract the estimated grant amount or calculated grant increase for each project, in order of decreased priority, from the amount available in the individual sewage treatment system grant fund. The projects classified as fundable are those that have their estimated or calculated project costs subtracted before the grant fund amount is depleted or diminished to an amount too small to complete the majority of the project next in priority on the funding list.
Only municipalities with projects classified as fundable on the funding list are eligible to submit applications.
Projects not classified as fundable on the funding list must resubmit the documents required under subpart 2 during a subsequent placement request period.
The commissioner shall notify each municipality of the funding list priority for its project.
16 SR 1800; 17 SR 3097
October 2, 2007