Grants awarded to improve Wiregrass communities

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(WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $18.7 million in grants for improvements in 58 Alabama communities.

Counties such as Dale, Geneva, Kinston, and Level Plains made the list. The grants are awarded annually.

Ivey says the “community development block grants are vital to Alabama communities wanting to raise living standards and improve living conditions for their residents”. Gordon was awarded $350,000.

“I was notified by Mr. Paul, Rep. Paul Lee, that Gordon was approved for the community block grant that I applied for the day I took office,” Mayor Shana Ray said.

Ray said the grant will be used to improve the water and sewer system within the town.

Here’s how the funds will be distributed across southeast Alabama:

  • Abbeville – $350,000 to provide full or partial rehabilitation of up to 27 houses in the Stegall Heights area.
  • Brundidge – $350,000 to improve water services and demolish 13 residential and commercial structures.
  • Clayhatchee- $127,288 to resurface a section of Providence Lane and improve drainage.
  • Dale County – $308,700 to provide public water to 42 households along Dale County Road 21 and Penny Point Road.
  • Geneva- $450,000 to improve drainage in a local neighborhood.
  • Gordon – $349,787 to provide water and sewer improvements at various locations within the city.
  • Goshen – $325,000 to upgrade the town’s water lines and improve water quality.
  • Kinston – $350,000 to rehabilitate up to 20 occupied houses and bring them up to compliance with the Southern Building Code.
  • Level Plains – $250,000 to provide street and drainage improvements along Faith Street and Phyllis Avenue.
  • Opp – $450,000 to provide sewer system line improvements along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive from Cannon Drive to Hardin Street.

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