Brundidge wins grant to upgrade water lines

Published 8:24 pm Monday, November 25, 2019

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The City of Brundidge has received notification of the conditional approval of a Water Improvements/Demolition and Clearance in the amount of $350,000 grant. The grant will be funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program. The final award of the funds is subject to the city’s meeting the terms and conditions of the grant, which include the city’s match of 10 percent.

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said the city was notified of the approval of the grant by Governor Kay Ivey.

“We are extremely proud to receive conditional approval of the grant and are confident that we will meet all conditions required,” Boyd said. “These funds will make it possible for the city to replace the 4-inch waterlines on Ramage and Lee streets with 6-inch lines. That will improve the water pressure to homes on those streets and also offer better fire protection on those streets.”

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The grant funds will also be used to demolish and clear structures that are abandoned and/or dilapidated.

“The structures included in this grant application are buildings that housed businesses,” Boyd said. “We are serious about removing the blight from our city. This grant will go a long way in doing so and it will include businesses that are dilapidated and abandoned.”            

Boyd said the city is continually seeking additional funding that will improve the services offered to its citizens and remove structures that are not up to city code.”

Boyd expressed appreciation to Governor Ivey and the State of Alabama for providing opportunities for small city funding.

“These funds make it possible for small cities like Brundidge to make many improvements that we would not be able to make otherwise,” she said. “These funds make a real difference in the lives of our citizens and we are very grateful.”

The CDBG grants were selected on a competitive basis and will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).