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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded three
grants to improve the quality of life in Wetumpka and Prattville and improve
traffic safety in Coosa County.
Bentley awarded a
$450,000 Community Development Block Grant for the revitalization of downtown
Wetumpka and a $250,000 grant for Prattville to build a ball field specifically
for residents with severe disabilities. Coosa County received a $281,300 award
for resurfacing or paving several roads.
Block Grants help make Alabama and its towns, cities and counties better places
to live," Bentley. "I am pleased to assist local officials who are working hard
to improve their communities."
From: The Office of Governor Robert Bentley;
Wetumpka will use grant
funding to replace or repair water and sewer lines and improve drainage in the
downtown business district. City officials say the improvements will complement
a project to replace sidewalks and resurface streets that is being financed
with other funds obtained by the city. Wetumpka is providing $200,000 in local
funding for the project.
Prattville will devote
its grant to meeting the recreation needs of children and adults with
disabilities. The city will build a special ball field adjacent to the
Prattville East YMCA, Daniel Pratt Elementary School and the Louise M. Smith
Development Center, a facility that provides a day program for persons with
intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sixteen public and private
partners have pledged $140,000 in additional funding for the project.
The grant to Coosa County
will be used to widen, pave or resurface several roads in the eastern part of
the county. More than 160 people live along the roads and school buses
routinely travel the area. The county has pledged up to $36,880 in local
The Alabama Department of
Economic and Community Affairs is administering the awards from funds made
available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
notified Mayors Jerry Willis of Wetumpka and Bill Gillespie Jr. of Prattville
and Commission Chairman Todd J. Adams of Coosa County that funding had been
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