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SCDA Gets Good News On Sewer Expansion Grant

February 19, 2014
Toccoa and Stephens County remain in the running for a significant grant to help with a local water and sewer expansion project.
Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin says that the Economic Development Administration has contacted the Development Authority to tell it that its grant application for funding to help install sewer along the Toccoa By-pass was selected for further consideration for funding.
Martin said this is a very positive development.
“While this does not guarantee final approval or legally bind the EDA to make an award to us, we have cleared the biggest hurdle in the review process,” said Martin.
Martin went on to say that the Economic Development Administration is considering providing almost all of the funding requested by the Development Authority in the grant application.
“Our original application was for $1.5 million,” said Martin.  “What we have been told is they may grant us $1.42 million dollars.”
Martin said they hope to find out in the Spring officially on whether the Development Authority receives the grant.
It would help fund sewer expansion from the intersection of the By-pass and Big A Road to the By-pass and Highway 106.
Toccoa and StephensCounty have designed a water and sewer expansion project that will build water and sewer improvements on Big A Road between Rose Lane and the Toccoa By-pass, as well as the By-pass between Big A Road and a location near the intersection of the By-pass and Highway 106.
Engineers have said that for a total of about $5.5 million, the project could be built to the point where the city could get sewer service to a property along those corridors quickly as needed for potential development.
Martin says they would continue to pursue other grants and funding sources to pay for the Big A Road portion of the project.
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