Brundidge seeks grant funding for city improvements

Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Brundidge City Council approved a resolution at its Tuesday meeting that authorized Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd to submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) requesting funds in the amount of $350,000 to remove blight within the city and to make water system improvements along Ramage Circle and Lee Street.

According to the application, the City of Brundidge will commit matching funds in the amount of $35,000 to complete the project.

Britt Thomas, city manager, said, if approved, the grant funds will be used to demolish up to 12 dilapidated or abandoned structures citywide and also for the demolition of the former Hudson Foods building on Lee Street.

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The preliminary cost estimates for the demolition project are $72,000 for the demolition of 12 residential units at $6,000 each and $40,700 for the demolition of the Hudson Foods building.

The water main upgrades are $93,542 for Lee Street and $102,705 for Ramage Circle.

Oak Street had initially been included in the streets needing water system improvements. However, Thomas said there will not be sufficient funds to include Oak Street.

“To make the water system improvements on Oak Street, the street would have to be torn up. There just won’t be enough money for that,” Thomas said. “The water system improvements can be made on Ramage Circle and Lee Street without have to tear up the streets.”

In other business, the council voted in favor of extending the Fourth of July holiday for city workers to include Friday, July 5.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.