Como, Cumby getting $250,000 federal grants
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

July 15, 2005 -- Two Hopkins County towns have been recommended to receive block grants totaling $500,000 to upgrade or replace water and sewer lines, according to State Rep. Mark Homer.

Activities funded by the community development grants will be designed to benefit primarily low to moderate income residents of the selected cities.

The cities of Como and Cumby are to receive $250,000 community development block grants administered by the Office of Rural and Community Affairs.

Rep. Homer said the funds are made available through the Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program is administered for the state of Texas by the Office of Rural Community Affairs through the Texas Community Development Program.

The towns have been notified of the grants, and a representative of ORCA will be contacting representatives of the communities to execute contract agreements.

In Como, the funds will be used to replace old asbestos-cement water lines through the installation of 13,610 feet of water line, three fire hydrants and 50 water connections.

Como's grant will also cover the costs of boring under streets and roads, as well as the repair of streets after work on the water lines is complete.

The city of Cumby will use the grant money to replace old clay sewer lines and associated brick manholes, which allow runoff to enter the city's sewer system.

"It is nice to see people's tax dollars being used for a good purpose," Homer said. "This grant will return tax dollars to the people who pay them and help rejuvenate local infrastructure."

Franklin County will also receive grant money to provide assistance to Cypress Creek Special Utility District's water system for the installation of 24,000 feet of water line along with flush valves, boring and casing.

Clarksville is also in line to receive a similar grant to cover the costs of old and undersized water lines in that community.

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