Local cities looking to get their share

Published 8:30 pm Monday, February 9, 2009

If the economic recovery plan passes with money for infrastructure, as some have warned it might, cities locally are looking to get their share.

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said he isn’t certain yet what exactly the city will send should money be available, but work is being done to make Troy’s infrastructure needs “shovel ready.”

“What we have going on is an engineer is evaluating all the streets in Troy,” Lunsford said. “He’ll assign a rating to all of them as to the worst and best, and we’ll have to make an estimate based on that.”

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Resurfacing projects, water tanks and sewer work are all part of the list

Lunsford said will be money available for cities in the plan.

“It will be ready if there is a stimulus package,” Lunsford said.

In addition to those, Lunsford said the city may also request funds for recreation trails and other improvements to the city’s Sportsplex

This would bring all the projects to a total between $1 and $2 million if they were all granted.

The city of Brundidge is also getting ready to take advantage of the plan should that be an option.

City Manager Britt Thomas said the city’s list includes resurfacing needs, constructing sidewalks, economic development opportunities and the library renovations.

But, there of course, is no guarantee any of these projects will come to completion under federal funds.

The total estimated costs of all Brundidge projects were just more than $500,000.

Pike County also has several road resurfacing and bridge repair needs, but County Engineer Russell Oliver could not be reached for comment Monday.