Valley Grande updates development grant process

Published 12:38 am Wednesday, May 9, 2012

VALLEY GRANDE — The Valley Grande City Council met Monday to discuss topics ranging from little league baseball and Founder’s Day, to the ongoing sewer project at Overlook Hills housing complex.

Mayor Tom Lee said the city’s plans to apply for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Community Development Block Grant is moving forward. Lee recently sent a letter to ADEM to update it on the city’s status of the sewer project. To meet ADEM standards, Lee said he and a team have recently cleaned debris and vegetation from around the existing lagoon. In addition, Lee said he is working with a company to install a de-chlorination and chlorination chamber.

Engineer Ray Hogg, who is helping with the project, said the city’s completed grant application would be hand delivered to ADEM by Friday. Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission will deliver the necessary paperwork to the agency.

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“Everything is working right on along like they’re supposed to,” Hogg said. “[Overlook Hills] is a lower-moderate income area, it does qualify … we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and you’ll probably hear something in August or September.”

An additional grant in the amount of $100,000 from Delta Regional Authority would help place fencing around the lagoon. Alabama Tombigbee will submit that grant application online on behalf of the city.

“There will really not be any resolutions required … we would use that to one, put the fencing around the lagoon to enhance the treatment process that you’ve got … we have to put in some affluent measuring device, just little stuff around the plant that is not eligible under the CDBG grant,” Hogg said. “If we can get all these grants together, you’re going to have a … real nice lagoon … and all you’ll have to do is cut the grass, make sure it’s got chlorine and sodium in it and do your monthly reports.”

Councilwoman Patsy Moore also talked about the upcoming Founder’s Day set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley Grande Walking Trail. Moore said everything is going well and she’s excited.

“I’m ready … I hope everybody will come out on Saturday and fellowship with everybody,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In its ninth year, Moore said she began planning for the free event around December. Music, games, an antique car show and a poster contest and street art for area children, are the day’s planned activities.

“It’s a set day every year … a lot of mothers come out and shop for gifts,” Moore said. “We have food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and clothing; it’s just a day the city of Valley Grande gets together to fellowship together and have fun.”

Moore said the event usually attracts 25 to 30 vendors annually.

Moore said there are still free booths available. For more information or to get a booth, call 872-0730 or 872-0104.

And for those interested in little league sports, Councilman Steven Neighbors said baseball schedules for ages 7 to 12 are posted at the front of Valley Grande City Hall.