Andalusia pursuing grant for paving

Published 1:57 am Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Andalusia City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue grant funding to improve a number of streets.

Bob Carter of Goodwyn Mills and Caywood told council members that it is possible to pursue Community Development Block Grant grant funding of $450,000 or $250,000. The city’s share of the ensuing projects would be $191,000 or $105,000 respectively.

Council members agreed that they should pursue the larger amount of funding. The city’s matching funds can be pulled from gasoline tax proceeds, Mayor Earl Johnson said.

Among the streets being considered for improvements if the city is successful in securing the grant funds are portions of Third Street, Eight Street, Ninth Street, Second Street, Oak Street, and Woodruff Street, all near Magnolia Cemetery; also Rankin Street, Riley Street, Jackson Street, Auburn Avenue, Carlton Street and Little Street.

Applications are due in July, and it will be several months before the grant awards are announced, Carter said.

In other business, the council:

  • Saw a demonstration of augmented reality education software being considered by Andalusia City Schools.
  • Tabled a resolution assigning abatement costs for work completed by the city.