Towns, VFDs, water district awarded $625,000 in funds
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap, left, and Pct. 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker present a $250,000 check to Como Mayor Roy Darby and Como City Council member Margaret Carpenter Wednesday. The grant will fund upgrades to Como’s water distribution system.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Oct. 7, 2005 -- Five checks representing more than $625,000 in grants from the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs [ORCA], were presented this week to two communities, two volunteer fire departments and a rural water supply corporation serving Hopkins County citizens.

The cities of Como and Cumby each received $250,000 from ORCA’s Community Development program to fund improvements in water and sewer facilities.

Como Mayor Roy Darby said the money will be used to replace more than 13,000 feet of water lines, install three fire hydrants and make 50 reconnections to the city’s water distribution system, primarily along State Highway 11.

In Cumby, the grant will fund the replacement of old clay sewer lines and brick manholes through the installation of 2,850 feet of sewer lines and nine new manholes. Related street repairs and a number of sewer cleanouts are also included in the plan.

Funding for the cities originated in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Dike and Arbala volunteer fire departments each were funded for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators as a result of applications made through the ORCA Rural Access to Emergency Devices grant program.

The AED program is designed  to extend the “chain of survival” with early intervention, such as cardioversion and cardio pulmonary resuscitation in areas that experience difficulties in receiving timely and efficient emergency medical response. The use of the AEDs, valued at $1,653 each, will result in a closer relationship between the volunteer departments and the responding emergency medical service provider.

The U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration provided the funding for grants to the rural volunteer fire departments.

The fifth grant, totaling $122,170, will benefit North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation customers living in the Mount Sterling, Mahoney and Dike areas through the installation of more than 37,500 feet of four-inch water lines and gate valves.

The 79 households benefited by the improvements have long suffered extremely low water pressure because of inadequate capacities of the water lines in the areas.

Funding for the rural water supply corporation was applied for by Hopkins County and will be administered in part by the county, according to County Judge Cletis Millsap.

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