MONTGOMERY, AL - Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded five Community Development Block Grants, totaling $1 million, to make improvements that will benefit residents in Coffee, Dale, Geneva, and Houston counties.
“These projects are important for residents but challenging for local governments with extremely tight budgets,” Bentley said. “I am pleased we can offer this assistance and I commend the county, town and city officials who are working hard to improve the quality of life for their residents.”
The Dale County Commission is using a $334,826 grant to repave streets in six areas throughout the county that have not been resurfaced since their initial paving in the 1970s and 1980s. Streets included in the project are Beaver Run Circle, Dogwood, King and Michael streets, Coleman, Hillside, Sellers, Machelle and Douglas drives, County Road 345, Hillside Court and Brandi Lane. Dale County is contributing an additional $42,397 to the project.
With a $74,616 grant, the town of Newton is constructing new sidewalks along South College Street and a crosswalk and a walking/biking path along Hartford Street. The additions will provide a safer route for children walking or riding bikes to Newton Elementary School, town officials said. The town is contributing $8,291 to the project.
Geneva County is using a $137,630 grant to extend public water service to 20 households along Newton Creek Road and Alabama Highway 123. Residents in this area currently depend on private wells for their water supply and are about two miles from the nearest fire hydrant. The new lines will bring a safe, reliable source of water and allow for the installation of fire hydrants. Geneva County is contributing $15,292 to the project.
A $224,036 grant will help the town of Kinsey remodel a 2,581 square-foot house into a center for senior citizens. Plans call for a portion of the Walden Drive house to be removed and new construction added to provide restrooms and a drop-off point with a ramped walkway. The remodeling also includes new metal roofing, plumbing and electrical updates, new fire alarm system and a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation unit. The town is contributing $24,895 to the project.
The city of Elba is using a $250,000 grant to repave Brunson, Trammell and Calhoun Streets as well as sections of Adkinson and Tucker streets, Dr. Roberts and Champ McCollough drives, Riverview and King circles and Washington Avenue. The streets have not been resurfaced since their initial construction and are full of potholes, cracks and ruts. The city is contributing $27,476 to the project.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ADECA administers an array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.
Bentley notified Mayor Ted Stanford of Newton, Mayor Jason Reneau of Kinsey, Mayor Mickey Murdock of Elba, Dale County Commission Chairperson Eunice Hagler and Geneva County Commission Chairman Fred Hamic that the grants had been approved.
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