By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Mayor Larry Hart reported the city has been awarded a pair of grants that will fund a $600,000 sewage project and the purchase of two new police cars.
Speaking in the monthly city monthly meeting on Oct. 4, Hart explained the $600,000 grant is a combination of funding, – half from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and half from a Community Development Block Grant funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city will provide $20,000 in matching funds or in-kind work as part of the grant requirement.
This money is earmarked for continued work on a main sewage trunk line, described as an aging concrete line that is deteriorating.
“We have been working on this line for several years,” Hart explained. He said that construction will start soon, with work picking up on the sewage line behind Sartain’s True Value, going under Main Street and up Martin Street before looping back around to North Main Street.
The second grant from the USDA will fund $34,000 to purchase two new police cars.
“We will be looking forward to installing them in our fleet,” Hart said.
The mayor also told aldermen that the city has additional grant applications in the works, including a grant for sidewalk improvements.
“Hopefully I will be able to report some more good news to you in the next meeting,” Hart added.
Other business discussed at the meeting included:
• Approved a request from J.C. Womble to schedule the Christmas parade on December 3, starting at 1 p.m. The request included use of the downtown bandstand and other activities, just as in previous years.
• Heard a report from Water Valley Main Street Director Mickey Howley that included details of the 8th Annual Art Crawl. Howley also reported work is underway on five Main Street buildings.
“It seems like there is a construction season on Main Street and it is always fall and spring,” Howley explained.
• Hart reported that Vivian Snider attended the Municipal Court Clerk conference in Jackson. Her attendance was documented in the board’s minutes.
• Approved the quarterly electric department write-offs in the amount of $3,886.03. In previous meetings, Hart has explained that the write-offs are part of the city’s accounting and collection efforts continue on the delinquent accounts.