The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs recently approved a CDBG for the city that will help demolish dilapidated structures within city limits.
The grant was for $205,900 and the city will commit a local match.
Susan Monroe from Monroe and Associates helped the city apply for the grant. Initially the city found around 50 structures that fit the criteria for demolition. Sylacauga was awarded a similar grant.
In other news, Mayor B.J. Meeks said the downtown revitalization project could see bids as early as the first of next year. The program will replace the sidewalks, upgrade landscaping and other facade work in the area.
Also at the council meeting Meeks announced that the ambulance had radio equipment installed and was being serviced out. The City Council agreed to purchase the vehicle on an emergency basis at a past council meeting. The council members unanimously agreed the purchase was critical.
Councilwoman Michele Mizzell announced that the police department building repairs were complete and finished under budget.
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