County to share ATRIP funds for city project

Published 11:00 pm Monday, August 12, 2013

Commissioner Jimmy Barron and Chairman Homer Wright review documents during Mondays’s commission meeting.

Commissioner Jimmy Barron and Chairman Homer Wright review documents during Mondays’s commission meeting.

The City of Troy will get $2.135 million to help build an east-west corridor throughout the city, thanks to a vote by the Pike County Commission.

Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to allocate all $2.135 million of the recently awarded ATRIP state funding to the city for use in efforts to widen and realign East Madison Street and McKinley Drive.

The funds were the third installment of more than $12.46 million awarded to the county during the past two years. Under the ATRIP program, the state provides 80 percent of the funding for approved infrastructure projects. Counties or city governments must provide a 20 percent match to receive the funds.

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“Right now, we have more than $11.5 million in projects in the pipeline,” said Harry Sanders, county administrator. Those include repairs on Elm Street Road, Enzor Road and the Henderson Highway, among others.

The county used a $2 million bond to provide matching funds for these projects and the City of Troy has agreed to provide nearly $640,000 to assist with the projects and repairs inside city limits.

The commission’s decision to allocate all of the remaining ATRIP funds to the city returns the goodwill shown by the city in providing matching funds for previous projects, said Commissioner Robin Sullivan. “They did what they said they would do, now we’re going to do what we said we would do.”

Sanders said the east-west corridor would benefit businesses along the roadway, Troy University, and city residents. “And remember, the city is inside the county,” he added.

Sanders said planning for the east-west corridor is in the early stages. And because the project is estimated to cost more than $12 million, the city must still secure funding for it. “These ATRIP funds will help with that,” Sanders said.

In agreeing to cede all the funds to the city, the county will postpone four other eligible projects, totaling more than $230,000. “Those are really preventative maintenance type projects,” Sullivan said.

In other business on Monday, commissioners:

• Approved three grants for the Pike County EMA, including a $12,000 EMPG grant from the Alabama Department of Emergency Management; a $732 state EMPG grant; and a $500 volunteerism grant from Wal-Mart. The state grants will offset the cost of staffing the local EMA office and the county is eligible for the funds due to the CLEM certification of EMA Director Jeanna Barnes. The $500 grant, secured by volunteer James Payton, is provided by Wal-Mart to organizations where its employees volunteer.

• Met in executive session to discuss a pending legal matter. Commission Chairman Homer Wright said no action was taken during the session.