Chattooga County is looking to apply for a community development block grant (CDGB) to extend a sewer line that belongs to the City of Summerville in the Pennville area. Commissioner Jason Winters will be holding a public hearing this Thursday at the commissioner’s office on the application for the grant.
Winters said, “There is a good bit of homes, and a good bit of renovation going on in that community.” Winters said that grant writers told him that the best possibility for receiving a CDGB grant would be for sewer line expansion. In the past the county has applied for grants for water line expansion. The county operates a water system but does not operate a sewer system. Winters said that the City of Summerville received a CDGB grant last year and can not apply for a grant this year, but was in favor of the county applying to extend the city’s sewer line on the east side of Highway 27 in Pennville.
AM 1180 asked the commissioner how does it benefit the county to help the City of Summerville with a project that will not see any revenue come in for the county, but will help the city. Winters said, “It benefits the county because it benefits county residents.” Winters went on to say, “we had looked at trying to be able to replace some water lines…the applications on these grants has become extremely competitive. The grant writer was pretty up front that you could apply for water line expansion….but the possibility of getting (money) is not really that good.”
Winters said that after reviewing needs in the county, the need for sewer system improvements for the City of Summerville’s sewer system were the most pressing need.
AM 1180 will have a Newsmakers Interview program with Commissioner Winters coming up this morning following the 8 AM newscast and then again following the trading post program in the noon hour.[audio https://archive.org/download/JWNewsmakersMarch62013/JWNewsmakersMarch62013.MP3]