City to pursue $3M in funding

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Andalusia City Council agreed Tuesday night to pursue grant funding for approximately $3 million in water and sewerage improvements in the city’s industrial park.

At present, the city’s industrial park has neither adequate water nor sewerage, Mayor Earl Johnson said.

“Because of the SaeHaeSung expansion, the opportunity for some grants have come our way,” he said.

The plan includes water and sewerage work, as well as a new water well for the city utilities system, he said.

“This sounds like Utilities Board projects, but the application has to go through the city,” Johnson said.

“The Utilities Board will cooperate and work with the city.”

At present, the industrial park has a two-inch water line. When the project is complete, he said, it will have a 12-inch line.

The water line will be installed during the construction of the new industrial access road to the park, he said.

The city will apply for a $3 million matching grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The CDBG grant can be used as matching funds for the EDA grant.

“We’ll also be looking at other possible areas of revenue to make up the difference,” he said.

In other business, the council:

accepted the low bid of $91,900 from Bay Fire Products for a quick response vehicle for the fire department.

granted a temporary beverage license to Ducks Unlimited for a fundraising event at the Kiwanis Center.

agreed to adopt an extension agreement between South Alabama Regional Airport and Wachovia Bank. The city of Andalusia is one of three guarantors on the loan, and had to agree to continue as a guarantor for the loan to be extended.