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December 1, 2016
Governor awards $1.6 million to help five Wiregrass communities make needed improvements

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded five Community Development Block Grants to improve the quality of life for residents in Geneva, Kinsey, Midland City, Newton and Slocomb.

“Community Development Block Grants help local governments with limited budgets make needed improvements in their cities and towns,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to assist leaders in Geneva, Kinsey, Midland City, Newton and Slocomb to complete these projects that benefit residents.”

Geneva will use a $450,000 grant to improve drainage in the core area of the city. Installation of 1,210 feet of new drainage piping will collect storm water runoff throughout the project area, alleviating the flooding issues that currently occur during heavy rains. The city has committed $157,000 in matching funds to the project.

With a $250,000 grant, Kinsey will resurface Beauville Drive, Silverado Drive, Mikado Drive and a portion of Sanders Road. Town officials said the streets have not been paved in 40 years. The town is committing $56,169 in matching funds to the project.

A $311,582 grant will help Midland City rehabilitate and upgrade the water system along 2nd Street, Kelly Avenue, County Road 67, Liberty Street and 3rd Street. The project will upgrade and replace approximately 10,500 feet of water mains and install six new fire hydrants. The city has committed $35,000 in matching funds for the project.

Newton will use a $240,300 grant to complete water, sewer and street improvements along Boyd and Ozark streets where residents have experienced poor water quality, inadequate fire protection, sewage backups and poor driving conditions. New water mains will be installed along Boyd Street and Ozark Street along with installation of a new fire hydrant. Additional improvements on Boyd Street will include sewer line rehabilitation and replacement of the curb and gutter and sidewalk. Boyd Street also will be patched and leveled. The town is committing $26,700 in matching funds.

A $350,000 grant will enable Slocomb to complete water and street improvements in the Hidle subdivision. The city will replace the current water mains with 5,300 feet of new 6-inch PVC piping and install new fire hydrants. The city will also resurface some neighborhood streets. The city is contributing matching funds of $35,000 toward 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.

“The Community Development Block Grant program represents some of the best possible outcomes of ADECA’s partnership with local leaders to improve the quality of life in our communities,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “ADECA received 108 applications for projects that support economic and community development this year. We awarded 54 projects totaling $17.5 million in investments. I am proud of the projects chosen this year, especially these that will benefit Wiregrass communities.”

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

Bentley informed Geneva Mayor Frankie Lindsey, Kinsey Mayor Charles Douglas, Midland City Mayor JoAnn Grimsley, Newton Mayor Bill Pruitt and Slocomb Mayor Rob Hinson that the grants had been approved.

Contact: Mike Presley or Russell Sellers

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