Obion takes steps toward funding for sewer repairs

Obion takes steps toward funding for sewer repairs
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A public hearing Friday morning in Obion marked the city’s first step toward acquiring $400,000 in state funding to repair its run-down sewer system.
The public hearing lasted about an hour at Obion City Hall, according to city recorder Jana Fluty, who said Betsy Wigington of Community Development Partners made a formal presentation explaining what is involved in applying for a Community Development Block Grant.
Also in attendance at Friday’s public hearing was city engineer Ken King.
“It went really well,” Obion Public Works director Randy Evans said about the hearing. “We had a good crowd.”
He said about 10 people turned out for the hearing, including Mayor Glen Parnell and council members Bob Anderson, Patsy Barker and James Depriest.
In recent weeks, Evans has provided the Obion City Council with regular updates about the poor condition of the city’s water and sewer system. Now the city is looking for financial help through the CDBG program to help pay for needed repairs to the sewer system.
The state’s CDBG program awards grants based on a point system, according to Evans, who said a $400,000 sewer rehab grant would go a long way toward making needed repairs to the city’s sewer system.
The next step for the council will be to compile specific information required as part of the grant application. The deadline to file a grant application is Feb. 29, according to Mrs. Fluty.
The council will have to approve a resolution authorizing a grant application and that is expected to be considered at the council’s Feb. 6 meeting.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.9.12

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