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Sessions awards grant to South Crenshaw Water Authority

U. S. Sen. Jeff Sessions announced last week that the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development has awarded the South Crenshaw County Water Authority a grant of $410,000 and a loan of $1.84 million to upgrade its existing water system.

&#8220Sen. Sessions called me July 24 and told me about the grant money,” Tom Compton, general manager of South Crenshaw County Water Authority, said.

&#8220The actual amount of the loan is $1,844,000 from USDA Rural Development,” Compton added.

He said that the Water Authority would also receive $368,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) in the form of a community development block grant.

With the received funds, Compton said that there would be three projects put in place. First, a new water well will be located at the intersection of Mt. Ida and Spring Hill roads between Luverne and Brantley. Also, a 500,000-gallon water tank will be constructed.

In addition, a 300,000-gallon water tank will be put up on Crenshaw County Road 43, or Old Three Notch Road, in the Bullock Community, according to Compton.

&#8220Right now, we're in the design phase of the plan,” he said. &#8220We are hoping to be under construction by Jan. of 2007 with these projects.”

The water storage tanks should improve water pressure as well as storage capacity.

&#8220This is great news for Crenshaw County,” Sen. Sessions said in a prepared statement. &#8220I am very appreciative of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development for their commitment to this project.”