Coffee County addresses state officials over County Road 410 water, fire protection funding

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Nearly 100 people live on County Road 410, many without adequate water and fire protection for years. Coffee County commissioners said a Community Development Block Grant was the answer.

“We were told in September that we had the grant. Now, we discovered we don’t have the grant, so I contacted Senator Jimmy Holley, and he contacted the governor’s office, and he sent ADECA down to talk to us today,” said District 5 Coffee County Commissioner Jimmy Jones.

Commissioners met with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission and Coffee County Water Authority. Jones previously indicated about $350,000.00 is needed for the project, which is an amount he said the county cannot afford without the funding assistance.

“We have a lot of people who complain that they don’t have the Internet, and now we have people living in our part of Coffee County without an adequate water supply,” Jones said.

Commissioners said adding a water line and fire protection would lower insurance rates, cost residents only a small monthly amount and ensure better water quality.

“Since I have been on this commission, I have promised them that I would do all in my power that I can do to help them receive that water,” said Jones.

Residents had already given their input and said they welcome the improvements.

Jones said, despite the setback, they still expect to receive the grant and hope to have the water and fire protection in by September.

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