MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $98,541 grant to help the town of Falkville eliminate a drainage problem and relieve unnecessary sewage inflows at the town’s wastewater plant.
The town will use funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to improve storm drainage and prevent that water from seeping into sewer lines. The additional inflow into sewer lines increases the amount of effluent treated at the wastewater plant resulting in increased utility costs and unnecessary wear and tear on equipment.
“The Appalachian Region Commission has been a true partner in helping local governments address problems and improve the lives of their residents,” Gov. Ivey said. “Alabama is fortunate to be a part of this agency that has served our cities, counties and regions for more than 50 years. I am pleased to support this project.”
The town will rehabilitate or replace 820 feet of drainage pipe to improve water runoff and prevent water from settling in low areas and eventually seeping into sewer lines. The town, which is providing $98,541 in local funds toward the project, plans to seek additional grant revenues to further improve drainage and sewage improvements.
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 of Falkville in making improvements that in some manner will benefit every resident,” 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 Morgan 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