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The City of Ozark receives a grant after years of applying

Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 9:45 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - For years the City of Ozark has sought funding for a sidewalk project near one of the city’s schools and now the hard work is paying off in the form of a grant.

340,000 dollars, that’s what the State of Alabama Department of Transportation has granted the City of Ozark. The plans for this money will benefit children in the community the most

“You know we see not only is it going to help our kids it is going to help some of the people we do see in our community walking this road we see someone pretty much everyday walking riding their bicycle right here down the road and we do know it is a very dangerous area and that the sidewalk is definitely needed,” said Jessica Moore - Executive Director Ozark Boys and Girls Club.

Every day these workers at the Boys and Girls Club walk students across the street from D.A Smith Middle School. With this grant it will allow the city to now place sidewalks from Orange Lane to Martin Luther King Junior Avenue. The sidewalks will allow safer access for these students on their daily commutes.

“I mean it is a welcome for these kids and their families not to have to walk through wet grass and mud in order to get to the Boys and Girls Club and to D.A Smith,” said Bob Bunting—Mayor of Ozark.

While this grant did not come on the first try Ozark city leaders knew they could not give up.

“We knew that one day we would be able to provide this for the citizens of Ozark and for the kids it is something that is sorely needed we have stressed for years that we should be able to connect all of streets throughout Ozark with sidewalks and with handicap accessible sidewalks,” said Winston Jackson – Ozark City Council Place 3.

The city has been optimistic that they would one day get funds to complete the project, as a result matching funds were already set aside. While Ozark has already connected much of the town through sidewalk projects they hope they can continue to connect more places.

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