Rockland’s application for a state Community Development Block Grant to improve the Lindsey Brook system fell short of making the grade but the city is likely to try again in January.

The city worked over the last 18 months on a Community Development Block Grant Program Public Infrastructure Grant application. The grant was to be used for the installation of an enclosed culvert on Summer Street to divert excess storm water from a tributary of Lindsey Brook away from the downtown area.

In these instances, the excess storm water would be discharged south of the ferry terminal in Lermond Cove. When installed, the storm drain would reduce property damage to residential and commercial buildings on Union Street and in the downtown area, Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch said in a news release.

There were 15 applications filed with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development seeking a total of $5,737,000. Six applications totaling $2,446,000 were approved.

Rockland’s application placed eighth. The overall score between first and 15th place was only 15 points, making this a very competitive statewide grant application process, according to the news release.

In the three scoring categories Rockland got an outstanding in citizen participation.

The city intends to make the necessary adjustments to the application and apply again in January 2011 as the need for the project has only increased, according to the news release.