City of Brundidge receives $350,000 CDBG
Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 10, 2012
The City of Brundidge has received Community Development Block Grant funds to provide water improvements in the Caldwell Subdivision and for the demolition and clearance of dilapidated structures citywide.
The $350,000 grant from the CDBG Competitive Small City Fund is a matching-fund grant and the City of Brundidge’s match for the project is $56,597.81. The project will benefit 137 people of whom 104 or 75.9 percent are of low and moderate income.
Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage expressed appreciation to Gov. Robert Bentley, Rep. Alan Boothe and Sen. Bryan Taylor for their support of the grant funding. The grant funds were made available through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“We had hoped to be funded in this cycle, Ramage said. “This funding will benefit the entire city because it is a two-prong grant. The funds will be used to upgrade the waterlines in the Caldwell subdivision from four-inch lines to six-inch lines. This will greatly improve the water pressure in that area and should help reduce the cost of fire insurance to homeowners.”
Ramage said the Caldwell Subdivision is one of the last areas in the city to have upgrades to the waterlines.
“We have been working toward this upgrade for a long time and are extremely proud to be able to make these water improvements,” he said.
Ramage said the city will also benefit from the second prong of the grant funds.
“We will be able to take down a number of dilapidate structures throughout the city,” he said. “We have identified several structures and they are scattered here and there. So, all areas of the city will benefit as we demolish and clear these dilapidate structures.”
Ramage said it usually takes 60 to 90 days from the date the grant is award for the project to begin.
“That puts us close to winter weather so that could become a factor,” he said.
“We’re anxious to get these projects underway. They will be of great benefit to our citizens.”