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Ivey awards more than $10.5 million in community improvement grants

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday awarded more than $10.5 million in community development block grants to 28 towns and cities, providing funds for those communities to improve their streets and water, sewer and drainage systems.

Ivey said the block grants are needed to address the health and welfare of citizens in many communities. This is the second round of community development block grants. The first were awarded on Jan. 24.

“Lives will be improved thanks to these projects funded through the Community Development Block Grant program,” Ivey said. “People who have been subject to impure water will get clean water to drink, bathe and wash. People who have been maneuvering unsafe roads will soon be traveling smooth streets, and the list goes on. I am so thankful for this program and the assistance it provides to communities who may be unable to afford these needed improvements on their own.”

In combination, the two sets of grants amount to almost $17 million awarded to cities and counties through a competitive bid process based on the number of low- and moderate-income families impacted, community need and cost efficiency, among other criteria.

The grants were funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Small cities and towns receiving grants:

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  • Town of Brantley ­- $350,000 for sewer improvements.
  • City of Bridgeport – $346,001 for drainage improvements.
  • Town of Brilliant- $350,000 for sewer improvements.
  • City of East Brewton – $350,000 for sewer improvements.
  • Town of Elmore – $350,000 for sewer system extension.
  • City of Florala – $350,000 for sewer improvements.
  • City of Hartford- $350,000 for sewer improvements.
  • City of Jemison – $350,000 for sewer system extension.
  • Town of McKenzie – $350,000 for water line rehabilitation
  • Town of Mentone- $335,322 for water system improvements.
  • Town of Napier Field- $238,770 for sewer system improvements.
  • Town of Notasulga – $250,000 for sewer system extension.
  • Town of Oakman – $350,000 for sewer system improvements.
  • Town of Reece City – $256,000 for drainage improvements.
  • Town of Rockford – $349,911 for demolition and rehabilitation.
  • City of Vernon – $350,000 for sewer and street improvements.
  • Town of Yellow Bluff – $350,000 for street improvements.

Medium and large cities receiving grants:

  • City of Albertville –  $450,000 for sewer rehabilitation.
  • City of Arab –  $450,000 for sewer rehabilitation.
  • City of Athens – $450,000 for drainage improvements/flooding prevention.
  • City of Attalla –  $450,000 for sewer rehabilitation.
  • City of Brewton – $450,000 for sewer rehabilitation.
  • City of Cullman – $450,000 for sewer and water systems rehabilitation, drainage and street improvements.
  • City of Daleville – $450,000 for water line rehabilitation and street improvements.
  • City of Hartselle –  $450,000 for sewer and water system rehabilitation and drainage improvements.
  • City of Jackson – $450,000 for sewer and water line rehabilitation and street and drainage improvements.
  • City of Livingston –  $450,000 for sewer rehabilitation.
  • City of Troy – $450,000 for water system, drainage and street improvements.
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Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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