Gleason, Sharon receive DRA grants for water improvements

Gleason, Sharon receive DRA grants for water improvements
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced recently the recommendation of Delta Regional Authority Grants to assist three West Tennessee communities in Gleason, Sharon and in Bethel Springs in the Selmer area. The projects in Weakley County include: Gleason: $173,300 • The project will rehabilitate the city’s sewer system. Two of the three duplex sewer pumping stations in Gleason have frequent mechanical and flow problems, and the City plans to replace those stations with new self-priming sewer pumping stations. The project will serve 1,463 residents. Sharon: $199,522 • The project will replace the city’s water main. The city of Sharon relies on an antiquated and dilapidated water system that leaks badly and is damaging street surfaces. The City will replace the asbestos cement and cast iron pipes that are in the worst condition with plastic PVC pipes. The project will serve 988 residents. “I am please that the Delta Regional Authority has chosen to invest in these West Tennessee communities that have made economic development a priority,” Governor Bredesen said. “The leaders of Bethel Springs, Gleason and Sharon should be commended for their initiative, and we thank DRA for their support of these strategic efforts to create a climate ripe for new jobs and new opportunities.” “By funding this sewer project, the DRA is helping to prepare the are for economic growth and high quality of life,” Sen. Roy Herron said. “I appreciate Gov. Bredesen’s and the administration’s recognition of how important this project is to the community.” “This grant is the result of a strong partnership between the state and federal level, and all collaborative efforts like this one result in great benefits for the community,” Rep. Mark Maddox said. “Gleason, Sharon and Bethel Springs are preparing for growth, and the DRA’s financial support is playing a major role in that preparation.” The grants were recommended following the submission of an application for the communities and has the support of Herron and Maddox. “ECD is pleased to recommend these grants, which we believe will help to lay the foundation for job growth and retention in the region,” said Matt Kisber, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The DRA is a federal-state partnership that serves 240 counties and parishes in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. It seeks to improve basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development, job training and employment-related education for the communities in the Delta region, which represents 21 West Tennessee counties.

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