Jasper, Carbon Hill awarded $800K in grants
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State Sen. Greg Reed, along with state Rep. Richard Baughn and state Rep. Bill Roberts, announced Wednesday that $800,000 in Community Development Block Grants have been awarded for two projects in Walker County.

The funds were awarded to the City of Jasper and the City of Carbon Hill for water and drainage projects.

A $450,000 grant will enable the city of Jasper to undertake a neighborhood revitalization project. A $350,000 grant will fund water system improvements in the city of Carbon Hill.

Additionally, the town of Glen Allen in Fayette County is receiving a $250,000 grant to construct a community center.

“Community Development Block Grants help local governments complete vital projects they might otherwise be unable to address,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a press release. “I am pleased to work with municipal officials to provide public services that improve the quality of life for residents.”

“The governor and his staff worked diligently with our delegation to promote these communities in order to address the critical needs they have. Together, we were able to get these projects moved to the top of the list,” Reed said Wednesday. “Thanks are due also to the leaders in Jasper and Carbon Hill, and I look forward to seeing the positive benefit these grants will have on the area. I would like to personally congratulate each community on winning the grants.”

The project in Jasper includes multiple upgrades to the Frisco neighborhood in the area of Birmingham, Corona, Delaware and Euclid avenues and 25th through 29th streets. The city will use the grant to rehabilitate deterioriated sewer lines and manholes, replace water lines, demolish dilapidated structures and improve drainage systems, streets and sidewalks.

“The city of Jasper will benefit greatly from this grant to complete much needed improvements on sewer, water, street and drainage ditches. Although the process of applying for and monitoring grants can be tedious, it has been an honor to work with both state and city officials to make this happen,” Roberts said Wednesday.

Jasper City Council member Sandi Sudduth, who represents District 5, said she’s thrilled with the announcement of the grant that will go a long way to helping revitalize neighborhoods in her district.

“I’m excited about this grant,” Sudduth said. “I give all the credit to our senator and state representatives, and also to Terry Acuff, our grant writer, and to Joe Matthews, our public works director, and Jason Langley, manager of the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board.

“The main thing I’ve been trying to improve in my district is to improve the aesthetics of it,” Sudduth added. “I just want to try to improve the neighborhood and the quality of life for those who live there, and to help the citizens be able to take a little pride in where they live.”

Carbon Hill will replace water lines that serve 99 homes on 6th and 8th avenues and 2nd Way NW. The current system is served by 93-year-old cast-iron water pipes that are leaking. The Carbon Hill Utility Board is contributing $38,000 for the project.

“The City of Carbon Hill really needed this grant. We’ve had issues with leaking and collapsing water lines, which created multiple infrastructure problems. I want to thank the governor’s office and ADECA for helping through the process,” Baughn said.

The current community center in Glen Allen has foundation and other structural problems that town officials say are too costly to repair. The town is contributing $205,725 in matching funds to build a new center that will accommodate meetings, senior activities, after-school educational services and more.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, workforce development, energy conservation, economic development, water resource management and recreation.