MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $163,484 grant to help the town of Gordo improve a municipal service and alleviate a potential health hazard.
Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will allow Gordo to replace three sanitary sewer pump stations. Pump stations are a necessary mechanism to ensure proper flow of sewage from residences and businesses to the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
“It has often been said, but it bears repeating that no one notices a sewer system until something goes wrong,” Gov. Ivey said. “Fortunately, the town of Gordo has recognized the problem in advance and is taking proactive steps to address improvements of a crucial service. I am pleased that our state’s partnership with the ARC will help Gordo undertake the necessary repairs to the sewer system.”
Gordo will remove and replace three pumps, pump controls and make other adjustments to improve services for 585 households and 74 businesses including two schools and a food processing plant.
The town received a $173,680 ARC grant in 2019 to make improvements at its wastewater treatment plant.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“ADECA is pleased to be a partner with Gov. Ivey, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the town in improving a vital service for residents and businesses in Gordo,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Pickens County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation development, energy conservation and water resource management.
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