MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $200,000 grant to alleviate a potential health hazard in the town of Ardmore.
Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be combined with a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by Gov. Ivey in 2020 to replace deteriorating and broken sewer lines in the downtown area along First Street and First Avenue. The city has also pledged $142,048 for the project.
“Sewer services are necessary components of towns and cities and need to operate effectively and efficiently so that they can adequately serve the public,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am thankful for the ARC and CDBG programs which provide towns like Ardmore with the necessary funds to accomplish these projects.”
Studies conducted of the town’s sewer system indicate the sewer lines in the targeted work area are undersized, broken or separated. These issues are leading to sewer overflows and excessive amounts of wastewater having to be treated at the sewage treatment plant.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers both the ARC and CDBG programs in Alabama.
“Combining ARC and CDBG grants when possible makes good economic sense for Alabama governments, and Ardmore city leaders and planners need to be commended for their insightfulness,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to partner with Gov. Ivey, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the town of Ardmore in helping to provide a solution to this dilemma.”
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 Limestone 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.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs