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Grants from the Governor: McDuffie gets $500,000

McDuffie County Commissioners didn't give up after they were turned down for a Community Development Block Grant last year. And the reapplication this year paid off in the end.

Officials learned on Tuesday that the county government had been awarded $500,000 in federal funding through the State of Georgia to help pay for sewer installation in the Hayes Line District. It's a project long overdue in the eyes of many county officials.

"There definitely were at least four houses that, I hate to say, didn't have bathrooms, and they will have what they call add-a-baths on those four," said McDuffie County Manager Don Norton. "I personally think it's a great project."

Around 30 households will be added to the sewer system along Hayes Line Road, Twin Oaks Road and Frances Drive. Mr. Norton called it a significant improvement.

The sewer expansion originally would have been covered by the CDBG, but the rise in the cost of pipe and construction after last year's hurricane season caused commissioners to explore additional funding sources.

A $100,000 Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan and nearly $100,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money will be used to make up the rest of the project's cost.

Web posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006

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