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Thomson gets $800,000 block grant

The City of Thomson has been awarded another $800,000 Community Development Block Grant by officials with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry made the announcement during last Thursday night's monthly council meeting.

"This is some real good news for our city," Mayor Usry said after the meeting. It shows we're doing something right."

The money will be used for improvements in storm drain and sewer projects, as well as housing rehabilitation in the Dixie Drive area.

Mayor Usry and City Administrator Don Powers will attend a special ceremony in Pine Mountain, Ga. on Oct. 1 where they will receive the grant money.

In other business:

Council members voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with officials of the Municipal Gas Authority Main Street Energy Efficiency Financing Program.

Motions were made by Councilmen Bud Lunceford and the Rev. John Smalley. Two other councilmen agreed to the motion when it came time to vote.

They included Mayor Pro Tem Alton Belton and Jaye Jones. Councilwoman Bernice Brown did not attend last week's council meeting.

"I think it's super," Mayor Usry said in regards to the new program being offered by officials with the Municipal Gas Authority. "It's interest-free."

A total of $5.5 million is available to residents who want to install new energy star efficiency gas furnaces, tankless water heaters and other natural gas appliances.

Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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