Section 53.4 - Priority ranking system scoring criteria

53.4 Priority ranking system scoring criteria.

(a) The total numerical score for the project or project segment being scored shall be the sum of the scores for technical and non-technical criteria as well as any additional points awarded pursuant to subdivision (d) of this section.

(1) The technical criteria are:

(i) MCL/Treatment technique violations;

(ii) other sanitary code violations; and

(iii) system reliability and dependability issues.

(2) The non-technical criteria are:

(i) governmental needs; and

(ii) financial needs.

(b) Eligible projects or project segments shall be scored on the basis of the following: Community MHI x 100= Factor Statewide MHI* * 1990 STATEWIDE MHI IS $32,965

The MHI of the community which the water service area is located and the statewide MHI will be determined by the Department from the income data in the most recent United States census. If an applicant has reason to believe that the census data do not provide a sufficiently accurate representation of the MHI within the area to be served by that applicant's project, the applicant must so notify the Department in writing and specifically document the facts which form the basis of this belief. The applicant shall also furnish the Department with additional information which the Department may use in determining the MHI of the project service area. Information will consist of reliable data from local, regional, State or federal sources or from an income survey conducted by a reliable impartial source.

(3) Tie Breaking In the event of a tie score for projects, the higher total score under Technical Factors (paragraph 1) will be used as a tie breaker. If this still results in a tie score, the size of the population served by the system will be used as a tie breaker. The larger population will be given preference.

(c) The Department has the sole authority to determine the existence of an emergency. Projects designed to address emergencies shall receive the highest priority ranking.

(d) Additional points may be awarded to an eligible project in the following manner:

(1) A phased project for which additional Fund assistance has been conditionally committed in an executed Project Financing and Loan Agreement for long-term financing will be assigned 2,000 points in addition to its total project priority ranking system score.

(2) A project for which additional Fund assistance has been conditionally committed in an executed Project Financing and Loan Agreement for short-term financing will be assigned 1,000 points in addition to its total project priority ranking system score. (e) Notwithstanding the foregoing, an eligible project or portion thereof listed in Category G, as identified in section 53.5(c)(5), shall be evaluated based upon criteria set forth in section 53.5(c)(5) of this part.
 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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