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City plans $300,000 CDBG funds match

May 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen adopted a resolution which would allow the city to commit matching funds for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at its meeting Tuesday.
The city is applying for a $300,000 CDBG to go toward a $600,000 sewer project, which will service two census blocks north of Main Street in West Point. One block extends roughly from Eshman Avenue to Fifth Street and the other from Cottrell Street to Old White Road.
Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Program Coordinator Spencer Brooks said one of the requirements for the grant is that it has to serve low-to-moderate-income individuals, and the population of the census blocks is more than 60 percent low-to-moderate-income.
"For the project, the city is going to look at about 20,000 feet of sewer pipes in those areas," Brooks said. "They'll determine where storm water may be infiltrating the system, causing backups and overflow."
At this point, the city can make repairs to the pipes and manholes as needed, according to Brooks. He said residents in those areas are experiencing overflow during storms, causing overflows all the way up to their homes.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson announced at the meeting that the city has received the Mississippi Department of Transportation Urban Youth Grant of $35,000.
"This is the eighth consecutive year we've received this grant," Robinson said. "It's been very valuable to our young people."
The grant goes to fund part-time employment for kids 18 to 24 years old to work in local parks and public works for the city during the summer.

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