State's rural community affairs office grants Cumby $311,732 for sewer work
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

The city of Cumby got some very good news Thursday when the town was awarded a grant from the Office of Rural Community Affairs. Shown left to right are Cumby City Commissioners LaVerne Battle and Leon Higginbotham, State Rep. Mark Homer, Cumby Mayor Travis Baxley, Chief Director, Implementation and Management Services Terrie L. Hairston, R.N., and Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap.State’s rural community affairs office grants Cumby $311,732 for sewer work

Sept. 29, 2006 - Growth in the city of Cumby got a big boost Thursday with the receipt of a check for $311,723 from the Texas Office of Rural and Community Affairs.

The grant, according to Cumby Mayor Travis Baxley, will provide city sewer service to a number of homes.

“It’s for the new, first-time sewer over on [FM Road] 275 north,” Baxley said. “I think there are 20 households, they've been on septic tanks forever — they’ve never had sewer.”

A lift station for the new sewer infrastructure will be installed near a recently-acquired park as a part of the project.

Cumby's grant was part of almost $5 million in grants awarded to communities and entities in Northeast Texas for planning, capacity building, water and waste water infrastructure development, according to Charles Stone, executive director of the Office of Rural and Community Development in Austin.

"We commend the efforts of every recipient for their dedication to supporting their rural Texas community," Stone said. "ORCA was created to assist rural Texans with building their own communities, and I applaud everyone who applied for funding to address the needs of their community."

Cumby officials said State Rep. Mark Homer’s office played an integral role in Cumby receiving the grant.

Using revenue generated by the city's sales tax, Cumby has been working on upgrading city streets and water system, and according to city officials there, more work is in the planning to accommodate anticipated growth in the next few years.

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