$350,000 Community Block Grant Awarded To Luverne


By Amanda Wade

Luverne has been awarded a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant from Governor Robert Bentley to upgrade water lines and city streets, and the mayor and community members hope it will encourage development in the city.  

Luverne Mayor Joe Sport says the city has been patching leaks on the old pipes, but the grant gives the city the opportunity to actually replace some of them.  
"When you get a grant like this, you not only get to rework your water system, but you also get infrastructure repair of re-surfacing the streets," says Sport.
Water authorities say the streets in front of Luverne High School have leaked several times, and the roads are just patched. The grant will allow for their repair. Mayor Sport also says this grant will improve fire safety for the city, "When you have water leaks and things, then the pressure goes down and you're putting yourself in danger if you were to have a fire.  Giving the proper protection you need for your citizens."
People who work nearby say they have seen these water leaks tear up the roads, but they hope the improvements will encourage more business and growth in Luverne.
"They redid Main Street here and it's a complete 100% turn around.  It'd be nice if the rest of the town fit Main Street," says Elizabeth Wood, a Luverne Hardware employee.
The city engineer says they do not yet have a timeline for construction, but should know within the coming weeks. 
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