GARLAND — Town officials are working to improve water and sewer infrastructure throughout town and they may receive assistance through grant funding.
Garland’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution of intent to apply for funding through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) Community Development Block – Infrastructure Grant (CDBG -I). A public hearing with David Honeycutt, a project manager with McGill Associates, was held recently. Honeycutt is helping the town with the process and made a presentation to the commission.
For the 2018 fiscal year, more than $21 million in CDBG-I funding is available. The maximum available grant is $2 million over a three-year period. Garland is seeking CDBG funding for water and sewer line replacement. The total is expected not to exceed $2 million.
“The purpose of the town’s request is to replace aging water and sewer lines in the town to improve system reliability, reduce water leaks, and reduce infiltration and inflow,” Honeycutt said.
Garland’s project includes replacing lines on several streets throughout the town, which are in poor condition. Some of the work covered by funding include construction, engineering design, legal activities and grant administration.
The purpose of the CDBG-I program is to improve the quality of life for low to moderate income people. Through the developments, officials hope to provide a safe environment and clean drinking water through developments. During the presentation, Honeycutt said 51 percent of the beneficiaries are low to moderate income, as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some of the other goals are to minimize displacement and provide assistance if necessary.
This is not Garland’s first time receiving a CDBG project. The town received more than $1.5 million to rehabilitate gravity sewer lines a few years ago. Following the presentation, Mayor Winifred Murphy said completion is scheduled for December. The main pump station at the treatment lagoon is under construction
Garland is expected to submit the application on Sept. 29. It will be available for the public to review at the town hall, 190 S. Church Ave., Garland.
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