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November 7, 2016
Governor Bentley awards $450,000 CDBG to Tallassee for infrastructure repairs

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $450,000 grant to help the city of Tallassee alleviate a health hazard and save taxpayer money. The Community Development Block Grant will be used to rehabilitate cracked and broken sewer lines in a section of east Tallassee resulting in costly and hazardous leaks.

“The CDBG program is an effective means of helping communities respond to critical needs,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to assist Tallassee officials with this project that addresses a major concern.”

Corrupt sewer lines enable sewage to escape into the ground resulting in environmental and health hazards. Additionally, when ground water is able to penetrate the broken lines it increases the amount of affluent treated at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, resulting in additional operation costs for the city. The city faces potential fines if the amount of affluent at plant exceeds state permitted levels.

The project, which will extend from Alber Drive to Riverside Avenue, involves fitting new pipe inside the existing pipe. That process is less costly than replacing pipe and does not require extensive digging and removal of utilities.

The city used a 2010 CDBG to perform the same procedure on another part of the sewer system.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the award from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Community Development Block Grants are one of the major ways we can partner with local communities to improve the quality of life,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “This year, ADECA received 108 applications for projects that support economic and community development. We were able to award 54 projects totaling $17.5 million in investments. I am proud of the projects chosen this year, especially this project to benefit the residents of Tallassee.”

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

Bentley notified former Tallassee Mayor Bobby Payne and new Mayor Johnny Hammock that the grant had been approved. The city is supplying $80,000 in local funds for the project.

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For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/