Federal Funds Pay for Local Improvement Projects

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Uncle Sam awards nearly $2.5 million in the wiregrass that will be shared by six area cities.

$2.3 million will soon be coming several wiregrass towns from the federal government.

The town of Cottonwood needs to upgrade it's wastewater treatment facility.

“It's probably about 20 years overdue,” said Mayor Lomax Smith.

Cottonwood will receive $399,000 from a community development block grant to pay for the project.

“The long-term effect is it will make our sewer system a lot more efficient getting the water to the treatment facility. People won't notice the difference but in the long run it will make the wastewater treatment system a whole lot safer and easier to work with,” said Mayor Smith.

“The main gist of this project was to rework our lift stations. We have seven total lift stations all of them in the age of 40 years old. A lot of them need to be reworked to replace piping; to rehab one station probably cost about $50,000,” added Smith.

Several other wiregrass cities are also getting cash.

Geneva will receive a half a million dollars to fix up some neighborhoods.
Ozark is getting $488,000 for the same purpose.
Hartford, $400,000 to upgrade the wastewater lagoon
Coffee Springs, $250,000 for a new senior center.
And Midland City will get $242,000 to resurface several streets.

“We're appreciative of the funding that we got and like I said you know our legislative group Harri Anne our senator and Benjamin Lewis our representative they were instrumental in this grant,” said Smith.

Mayor Smith hopes to have the project completed sometime next year.

Mayor Smith says the project was a necessity and if they had to, the city was going pay for part of it and would have had to borrow the rest.

But thanks to this grant, they won't have to do that.

The town of Cottonwood also received money from the federal stimulus package to put in more than 3,000 feet of new sidewalk.


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