MONTGOMERY —The city of Tuskegee has been awarded a $384,000 grant to improve a city service and help resolve a potential health hazard for residents, Gov. Kay Ivey announced.
The Appalachian Regional Commission grant will assist the city in its ongoing efforts to improve sewer service. The project will help prevent sewer overflows and backups while aiding the city’s utilities board with intake at the wastewater treatment plant.
“Sewage service is an essential and necessary service for a city,” Gov. Ivey said. “An efficiently operated sewer system is essential to the health and well-being of residents who live within a city, and I am pleased to see the city of Tuskegee take these measures to improve quality of life.”
ARC funds will be used to implement the second phase of a five-year sanitation improvement plan that will improve life for 1,452 households and 162 businesses. The city will repair a minimum of 23 manholes to reduce overflow and prevent rain runoff from infiltrating the system and increasing the amount of effluent being treated at the wastewater plant.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission have consistently aided eligible Alabama cities like Tuskegee in undertaking vital projects,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to partner with Gov. Ivey, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the city of Tuskegee in helping to improve lives.”
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 Macon 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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