Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey awarded almost $17.8 million in Community Development Block Grants for improvements to 54 Alabama towns, cities and counties.
“The beginning of a better Alabama starts today for many residents who are without clean water to drink or safe roads to drive or suitable housing in which to live,” Governor Ivey said. “I am pleased to award these grants to support vital community improvement projects, and I commend the dedicated local officials who sought these grants with the intent to make their communities better places to live.”
The 55 grants will support a number of community improvement projects including water and sewer extensions and rehabilitation, street and drainage improvements, housing rehabilitation and community centers.
Community Development Block Grants are awarded annually through a competitive process in four main categories including small city, large city, counties and community enhancements. Other categories in this round include Black Belt and planning grants. Award determinations are based on the number of low and moderate-income families affected, urgency of the need and project cost efficiency.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“As a former mayor whose city has been a recipient of CDBG awards, I can attest to how important this program is to our towns, cities and counties and the difference these grants can make in a community,”
ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Governor Ivey in the partnerships that it takes to make these grants come to fruition.”
The Small City Fund is exclusively for municipalities with populations of 3,000 or less. From the Small City Fund: Beatrice was awarded $350,000 for street improvements. Camden received $350,000 for water and sewer improvements. Carrollton received $350,000 for sewer improvements. Cherokee received $314,000 for street and drainage improvements. Detroit was awarded $350,000 for water improvements. Falkville received $350,000 for sewer improvements. Luverne was awarded $350,000 for water and street improvements. Millry received $350,000 for water improvements. New Hope received $350,000 for sewer and street improvements. Oak Grove got $200,000 for sewer improvements. Parrish received $350,000 for street and drainage improvements. Pisgah was awarded $314,900 for water improvements. Rutledge $350,000 for street improvements. Samson $350,000 for sewer, water and street improvements. Sumiton $350,000 for sewer improvements. Toxey received $350,000 for street improvements. Woodville received $350,000 for street and drainage improvements. Vredenburgh was awarded $350,000 for street improvements.
The Large City Fund is for Municipalities with populations of 3,001 or more. From the Large City Fund, Andalusia was awarded $280,000 for street improvements. Demopolis got $450,000 for sewer improvements. Elba received $450,000 for downtown revitalization. Eufaula received $450,000 for housing rehabilitation. Haleyville was granted $450,000 for sewer, water, drainage and street improvements. Hamilton received $450,000 for sewer, water, street and drainage improvements. Jacksonville received $429,713 for sewer improvements. LaFayette was awarded $450,000 for water improvements. Piedmont got $450,000 for sewer improvements. Roanoke received $359,487 for street improvements. Talladega received $450,000 for sewer improvements. Tuskegee got $450,000 for water and street improvements, and demolition and revitalization.
The County Fund applies to 65 Alabama counties with Mobile and Jefferson counties receiving CDBG funds directly from HUD. From the County Fund, Baldwin County got $350,000 for water improvements near the Lillian community. Hale County received $350,000 for water improvements in the Akron area. Madison County received an award of $300,000 for water improvements east of Huntsville. Marshall County was given $350,000 for street improvements on several county roads. Monroe County received $350,000 for water improvements west of Frisco City. Montgomery County got $350,000 for housing rehabilitation in Eastwood Villa. Sumter County received $350,000 for water improvements north of Cuba. Washington County received an award of $350,000 for water improvement in the Fruitdale area.
The Community Enhancement Fund us for municipalities of all sizes and 65 Alabama counties for projects addressing quality of life issues. Akron was given $250,000 for sewer improvements. Autaugaville received $250,000 for a new senior center. Barbour County got $250,000 for a new fire station in the Texasville community. Billingsley was given $250,000 for town park improvements. Blountsville was granted $250,000 for sewer and street improvements. Blue Springs received $185,000 for water improvements. Butler County was awarded $250,000 for courthouse renovations/handicapped accessibility. Cottonwood got $250,000 for street improvements. Dozier received $247,510 for demolition and clearance. Enterprise received $250,000 for demolition and clearance. Lauderdale County was awarded $202,569 for a new senior center in the Greenhill community. Lisman was given $182,771 for street improvements. Midway got $250,000 to convert a school into a community center. River Falls was given $250,000 for street improvements.
The Black Belt Fund is exclusively for municipalities and counties within a 12-county Black Belt region. Selma received $450,000 for drainage improvements from the Black Belt Fund.
The Planning Fund is awarded to guide municipalities in orderly growth, revitalization or development. Piedmont received $40,000 and Skyline was granted $35,000.
Kay Ivey served two term as Treasure and then was elected to two terms as Lieutenant Governor. She was elevated to governor in April 2017. Ivey is seeking her own term as governor in the November 6 general election. She faces a challenge from Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox (D).
Jones to attend Auburn student forum, Tuberville hasn’t yet responded to invitation
Jones has agreed to attend the forum, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend.
The College Democrats at Auburn University and the College Republicans at Auburn University have asked U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, and his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, to attend a student forum on Wednesday.
“We are excited to invite the candidates running for our U.S. Senate seat and provide this opportunity for any Auburn student to hear directly from them, and we hope it will inform our student bodies’ decisions with the November 3rd election only days away,” said Carsten Grove, president of the College Democrats at Auburn University, in a statement.
Jones has agreed to attend the forum, Auburn University College Democrats confirmed for APR on Sunday, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend. The student organization was still awaiting a response from Tuberville’s campaign.
Jones has for months requested Tuberville join him in a debate, but Tuberville has declined.
“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum. We are looking forward to a very informative and constructive event,” said Lydia Maxwell, president of the College Republicans at Auburn University.
Dr. Ryan Williamson, assistant professor of political science, is to emcee the forum, which will be open to all Auburn University students in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the College Democrats at Auburn University.
Students will be permitted 30 seconds to ask a question of either candidate, and each candidate will have two minutes to answer, according to the release.
Capacity at the forum will be limited and precautions taken due to COVID-19. Any student with an Auburn ID is welcome and attendance will be first come, first served.
Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend
As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.
The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.
The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.
A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.
Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.
Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.
The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.
Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.
Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.
Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies
Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C.
Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.
But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump.
“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”
Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity.
“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”
Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home.
“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat.
“I rest my case.”
You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Trump to visit Pensacola tonight
Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy.
Neither presidential candidate is likely to visit Alabama before the general election, as both campaigns accept that Alabama will be certainly in President Donald Trump’s camp on election day no matter what else happens. While Alabama is not a swing state, Georgia and Florida are both in play, and both campaigns are devoting enormous resources there.
Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy. Trump will be just across the Florida-Alabama state line visiting Pensacola and is scheduled to address supporters at the ST Engineering hangar beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
The doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.
The president’s rally tonight comes right after a visit to Pensacola last week by Second Lady Karen Pence and is one of many Florida campaign events planned for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump arrived in Florida after Thursday’s final presidential debate with Joe Biden. He is scheduled to hold a campaign event in The Villages before traveling to Pensacola. The president will spend the night at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago and will vote early Saturday.
The vice president will hold rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee on Saturday. Florida has 27 electoral college votes. It would be very difficult for Trump to get the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win without winning Florida.
Democrats warn that attending a Trump rally could be dangerous due to the coronavirus threat.
“The last thing Floridians need is for Donald Trump to host more potential superspreader rallies across our state,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on the rally in Pensacola. “What we do need, however, is a president capable of putting Floridians ahead of his own self-interest and get this pandemic under control.”
Most recent polls have Trump trailing Biden in Florida. Tickets are required to attend the rally.