Cities awarded $800K for sewerage improvements

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The cities of Brewton and East Brewton will soon get upgrades to their sewerage system thanks to $800,000 in funds from Community Development Block Grants.

The cities were among 28 towns and cities who shared in more than $10.5 million to help improve communities.

In Brewton, residents will see a $650,000 sewerage system upgrades thanks to the $450,000.

“We are ecstatic and thankful for Gov. Ivey’s leadership and for (ADECA) Director Kenneth Boswell and all of her team at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs,” said Mayor Lovelace. “Without this funding, our progress would be painfully slow.”

The funding will be used for upgrades and repairs in the Fairview Circle, Liles Boulevard, Maye and Mason Street area.

Bids should be let in the next few weeks and the project could bring in the spring.

Lovelace said the project is the latest success in the city’s focus on securing grant funding for infrastructure, a tactic that has proven successful with millions in grant funding awarded over the past five years.

Lovelace said legislators Alan Baker and Greg Albritton were instrumental in helping the city secure the funding.

In East Brewton, Mayor Terry Clark said they received $350,000 for a continuing project to upgrade the sewer system.

“We are very thankful for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs project,” said Clark. “Without this project small communities like ours would not have the funding to make repairs and upgrades such as these.”

The funding will be used to upgrade the sewerage system in areas such as Andrew Jackson Street, Eby Street, Beasley Street, Mayo Street, Clements Street, Forrest Avenue and Grice Street.

Officials are unsure when the project will begin.