MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $170,000 grant to help the city of Dora replace a vital component in its infrastructure and avoid a potential health and safety concern.
The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to replace a sewage system pump station.
“For more than 50 years the Appalachian Regional Commission has been assisting small cities and rural communities in the region address major issues and accomplish specific projects, like this needed upgrade in Dora,” Gov. Ivey said. “I appreciate this agency’s investments in Alabama and its ability to improve lives.”
The new pump station will replace one that is more than 30 years old and not only has diminished efficiency but is also resulting in higher energy costs to operate. Additionally, the project will involve replacing some sewer lines and manholes.
Pump stations help move sewage from sewage lines to the sewage treatment plant.
City officials said the new pump station will improve sewer system operation for residences and businesses along with Dora High School. They also said that the current system will enhance efforts to attract new businesses to the community.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Kay Ivey, ARC and so many others in this partnership to assist Dora in replacing a major component in its waste disposal system,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The improvements made by this project will serve city residents for years to come.”
Gov. Ivey notified Mayor Randy Stephens that the grant had been approved. The city has pledged $170,000 in local funds for the project.
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 Walker County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.
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ADECA Communications and External Affairs