By Sheila Duncan, Marion Times Staff
Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $17.5 million in Community Development Block Grants to help improve infrastructure, jobs, and housing in towns, cities, and counties throughout Alabama. This marks the largest round of funding since 1998.
The grants will facilitate local governments to pave or resurface roads, remove blight and drainage issues, enhance their water or sewer service, and construct or renovate local community centers and playgrounds.
Gov. Ivey expressed her admiration for Community Development Block Grants, saying that they offer local governments assistance with projects that may be too costly for them to undertake on their own. She was proud to award these grants, which will have a positive influence across the state.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted funds to The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for administration.
Kenneth Boswell, the ADECA Director, exclaimed that many of the local governments who surveyed their critical needs and made the effort to submit CDBG applications are experiencing their hard work come to fruition with the recent announcement. He affirmed Gov. Ivey’s support for said projects and advised those governments that weren’t successful in obtaining funds to persist in applying for them due to their incredible significance.
The awarded grants by category are listed below:
- Centreville - $400,000 to rehabilitate a drainage system in a densely populated low-income area on the city’s west side along Maple and Mill streets.
- Collinsville – $400,000 to replace damaged sewer lines and manhole covers to get the system in compliance with state environmental regulations.
- Cordova – $368,000 to demolish and clear about 30 dilapidated structures in the downtown area.
- Glenwood– $400,000 to construct a new pumping station for the sewage system which serves more than 200 customers.
- Kinston- $400,000 to rehabilitate several occupied houses throughout the town. Property owners are required to provide matches for improvements made as part of the program.
- Level Plains– $400,000 to provide water system improvements involving connecting residents with inadequate water pressure with larger water lines in the area along Center Street.
- Lynn - $397,000 to install new water lines along Long Street and Third Avenue West and add four fire hydrants.
- McKenzie– $400,000 to rehabilitate sections of the town’s water system and resurface several streets.
- Nauvoo– $305,463 to demolish and clear two dilapidated structures – the old junior high school and a vacant church— both in the downtown area.
- Notasulga– $281,522 to improve the town’s water system by installing cutoff valves throughout the system to minimize water flow disruption.
- Orrville – $400,000 to resurface about 1.4 miles of city streets including Academy Street Connector, Pine Street, Church Street and Dallas County Road 68/120.
- Parrish– $400,000 to improve four city streets and improve drainage along those streets.
- Pine Hill - $400,000 to install larger water lines in the Sandpit Road community to increase water flow and firefighting capabilities. The project will also involve resurfacing the road.
- Susan Moore - $400,000 to replace water lines along Wilson Chapel and Burgett roads.
- York – $400,000 to resurface and repair along numerous streets in the town.
- Atmore - $500,000 to provide storm drainage improvements in northeastern Atmore in an area around Carver Avenue.
- Calera - $500,000 to rehabilitate the sewer system in the southwestern quadrant of the city. The project involves replacing sewer lines and replacing and renovating manholes.
- Childersburg - $500,000 to improve the city’s sewer system by replacing six key sewer lift stations and other advances to prevent backflows of sewage.
- Daleville– $177,210 to demolish 10 dilapidated structures mostly along Daleville Avenue.
- Haleyville - $500,000 for street and water system improvements on three housing authority properties.
- Headland– – $500,000 to rehabilitate several occupied houses and to resurface Boynton Street.
- Loxley– $500,000 to replace old sewer lines and manholes on the city’s west side along North Holley Street.
- Ozark– $375,168 to resurface Hull Street, West Parker Street, West Reynolds Street, Boykin Avenue, Simmons Avenue and Troy Street.
- Selma– $500,000 for housing rehabilitation and dilapidated structure demolition in the neighborhood bounded by Voeglin Avenue, Marie Foster Street, Philpot Avenue and Washington Street.
- Valley Grande - $500,000 to resurface Merrifield, Overlook and Hillandale drives.
- Chilton County - $400,000 to extend public water service to more than 100 residents along Chilton County roads 16 and 26 in the southwest part of the county.
- Cullman County - $500,000 to resurface and provide drainage improvements on 2.6 miles of Cullman County Road 1490 in the Gold Ridge Community.
- Lowndes County - $500,000 to resurface Percy Johnson Road, Golson Road East and Collirene Cutoff Road.
- Montgomery County - $500,000 to rehabilitate 24 occupied houses in unincorporated areas of the county.
- Tuscaloosa County - $400,000 for the rehabilitation of nearly a dozen streets in the Holt community.
- Autauga County– $400,000 for the revitalization of Old Kingston Park in the Old Kingston community.
- Clayton – $400,000 to resurface all or part of North Armory Street and Oak Avenue, Jennings Street and Westfield Court and Petty Drive.
- Elmore (Town of) – $400,000 to construct a 2,000-square-foot community center to replace one that was closed for structural deficiencies.
- Fort Deposit – $400,000 to improve drainage in three targeted areas of the town.
- Gordonville - $400,000 to construct a community park that will include a walking trail, playground, tennis court and covered pavilion.
- Grove Hill - $400,000 to resurface Callier Street, Carter Drive, 4H Street, Ray Street, Ezell Street, Pritchett Street, Morris Street and Portis Street.
- Guntersville - $312,013 to renovate the weather-damaged community center which also serves as a senior citizen center.
- Millbrook – $166,500 to demolish and clear up to 15 abandoned and dilapidated structures throughout the city.
- Pike Road – $400,000 to construct an all-inclusive playground that is accessible to children of all abilities.
- Rutledge - $350,000 to demolish an abandoned water tower and other old and non-occupied structures in the town.
- Silas - $400,000 to construct a multi-use community park to be constructed on property at the intersection of Alabama Highway 17 and Choctaw County Road 6.
- Slocomb– $400,000 to resurface all or part of Railroad Avenue, Noma Road (Geneva County Road 91), South Kelly Street and East Cox Street.
- Talladega – $400,000 to demolish and clear up to 60 abandoned and dilapidated structures in the northwest part of the city.
- Pine Ridge – $40,000 to develop a comprehensive plan outlining the town’s goals, policies and needs for the next 10-15 years.