UNION — A church, five businesses and approximately 80 residents of seven streets will soon be getting improved sewer service thanks to a $675,000 grant awarded to the City of Union.
Mayor Harold Thompson announced Thursday that he had received the following letter from Gov. Nikki Haley.
It is my pleasure to announce that the City of Union will be awarded $675,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the Community Infrastructure Program. Funds will be used to upgrade sewer lines in the Foster Street area.
Thompson welcomed the award of the grant which he said the city had sought to address its most pressing sewer system needs.
“This is the Foster Street Neighborhood Drainage Grant,” Thompson said. “It will involve Foster Street, Woodrow Street, Hamlet Street, Hampton Avenue, Willow Lane, Knuckles Street and 70 lineal feet of a section of Perrin Avenue.
“This service area was selected based on our knowledge of the sewer system,” he said. “It was ranked the highest on our priority needs list for 2016.”
Thompson said the Foster Street service area is home to approximately 80 residents, a church, and five businesses, all of which will benefit from the project which will include the rehabilitation of sewer facilities, the installation of 5,266 lineal feet of 8-inch vitried clay sewer pipe, and 27 new manholes.
While the $675,000 Community Development Block Grant will pay for the bulk of the project, Thompson said that state law requires localities to provide a 10 percent match. He said the city will allocate $67,500 from the Utility Fund as its local match.
Thompson said that the Catawba Regional Council of Governments will administer the grant for the city. He said that the city will not have to acquire any land or right-of-ways for the project which he said will get under way sometime in the near future.
Union applied for the grant in what Thompson said is a very competitive process involving localities across the state seeking CDBG funding to address their infrastructure needs. He said the city has aggressively sought such grants to address its infrastructure needs without overtaxing its Utility Fund and has succeeded in attaining a number of them.
“This is the type of project that the Utility Fund is used for, but we have been taking advantage of these CDBG grants to relieve some of the pressure on our Utility Fund,” Thompson said. “It’s very competitive to get these grants but we have been getting a lot of them lately which means we’ve been doing enough to get the information in to get them awarded to us.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.