Gov. Bentley Awards $1.15 Million in Grants to 4 Alabama Counties

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $1.15 million in grants to improve living conditions in four south Alabama counties.

Community Development Block Grants awarded by Bentley are: $150,000 to the city of Prattville, $300,000 to the town of Rutledge and $350,000 each to the city of Georgiana and Marengo County.

“For local governments stretching to fund day-to-day operations, Community Development Block Grants are a godsend,” Bentley said. “I applaud local officials who have helped make these necessary projects a reality and I am pleased to play a role in this process.”

CDBGs are awarded annually on a competitive basis in several classifications including counties, small and large cities and community enhancement.  The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the awards from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“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,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “I am proud of the projects chosen this year, especially these projects to benefit the residents of these communities in south Alabama.”

Grant recipients and a summary of the projects are:

Prattville will use its $150,000 grant to demolish the Gurney Manufacturing building on Martin Luther King Drive. The former textile plant has been vacant for many years and is beyond repair and considered unsafe, city officials said. Dismantling the building is part of a revitalization plan for the neighborhood which includes the junior high school, fair grounds and a park. The city is providing $22,000 in local funding for the project.

Rutledge will apply its $300,000 grant to make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant, which are needed to adhere state health regulations and avoid costly fines. The project will involve removing accumulated sludge and upgrade equipment to adhere to environmental regulations.

Georgiana will use its $350,000 grant to make improvements at its sewage treatment plant to comply with environmental regulations. The improvements will help the city avoid costly, but temporary repairs and eliminate violation fines, freeing up the funds for other town projects and functions. The city is providing $65,700 in local funds for the project.

Marengo County will use its $350,000 grant to provide public water service to 26 households along a 5.3-mile stretch of County Road 53 north of the town of Thomaston. Residents currently have to buy bottled water because they are unable to drink water from wells, several of which have been found to have contaminants making the water unsafe. The Thomaston Water Work Board will provide the service. Local funds of $100,000 have been pledged for the project.

For an overview of the CDBG program in Alabama, see this video:

ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.

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