Vina residents will have safer and cleaner water as a result of a $115,850 grant announced by Gov. Robert Bentley.
The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will enable the town to provide exterior and interior renovations to the two water storage tanks that serve residents of the community. Inspections indicated the work was necessary, but the town has been financially unable to do the renovations because of limited resources.
“This is another instance where community infrastructure projects would not be possible without assistance,” Bentley said. “I am thankful for the Appalachian Regional Commission and its commitment to assist Alabama towns like Vina with these necessary and important projects.”
The town relies on the two tanks to supply 425 households with fresh water. The town’s 75,000-gallon elevated tank and a 250,000-gallon tank will be drained and recoated with a paint that will last 20 to 25 years.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama. Thirty-seven counties in Alabama, including Franklin County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds which could be cut under current federal budget proposals.
"For the past 50 years ARC funds have benefitted so many people in Alabama whether it be infrastructure improvements like this one in Vina or creating new jobs and providing educational opportunities,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. "I am proud of ADECA’s partnership with ARC and thankful for the many accomplishments that have been made through this cooperative effort involving so many people.”
ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. During a period of October 2015 to January 2017, ARC has funded 64 projects in Alabama totaling $11.2 million and resulting in 900 jobs and training or educating 14,000 students or workers for new or advancement jobs.
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.
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