County, Cumby recieve major grants for water system improvements

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 13, 2007 - Both Hopkins County and the city of Cumby were recognized by the Office of Rural Community Affairs for receiving a total of $441,805 for water storage and infrastructure system improvements.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

ORCA Community Development Manager Susan Grosz presents Cumby City Secretary Angie Allen and Cumby Mayor Travis Baxley (third from right) with a $250,000 grant check to help the city install an underground water storage tank. Pictures are Grosz, Allen, Matt Wolf with Sen. bob Deuell’s office, Baxley, Nancy Brannon with State Rep. Mark Homer’s office and Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap.

Cumby was awarded a $250,000 grant for water storage, while Hopkins County was approved for a $374,850 matching grant to benefit Shady Grove and Pleasant Hill Water Supply Corporation. The county will receive $191,805, and will provide “volunteer labor ... to achieve an estimated 54 percent savings over retail construction costs and accomplish the project with the $191,805” Small Towns Environmental Program grant, ORCA officials noted.

The grant Cumby received allows for the purchase and installation of a 100,000 gallon underground water storage tank.

The grant “will address extreme low water pressure problems by installing approximately 29,000 linear feet of 4 [inch] water main and associated connections and required appurtenances.” Overall, the Shady Grove and Pleasant Hill Water Supply Corporation improvements will benefit 536 people, 77 percent of which are noted to be of low to moderate incomes. In-kind contributions for the project will be made from the Precinct 1 budget.

Representatives from the offices of State Sen. Bob Deuell and State Rep. Mark Homer’s were on hand for the ceremonial presentation of checks to the city of Cumby and Hopkins County last week.

�ORCA was created to support rural Texas,� Charles S. Stone, ORCA executive director, stated.

Between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007, ORCA awarded $3,06,196 in grants in the Ark-Tex area to support such projects as infrastructure development, disaster relief, health care accessibility enhancements, medical facility improvements and professional health care recruitment endeavors, the agency noted. This year, they are expected to present a total of 565 checks totaling $90.8 million to grant recipients throughout rural Texas “in honor of their efforts to improve their communities.”

For more information about ORCA, visit the agency website: www.orca.state.tx.us. The agency may also be reached by phone at 1-800-544-2042 or 512-936-6701, by e-mail at orca@orca.state.tx.us, or by mail at P.O. Box 12877, Austin, TX 78711.

County, Cumby receive major grants for water system improvements

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Both Hopkins County and the city of Cumby were recognized by the Office of Rural Community Affairs for receiving a total of $441,805 for water storage and infrastructure system improvements.

Cumby was awarded a $250,000 grant for water storage, while Hopkins County was approved for a $374,850 matching grant to benefit Shady Grove and Pleasant Hill Water Supply Corporation. The county will receive $191,805, and will provide “volunteer labor ... to achieve an estimated 54 percent savings over retail construction costs and accomplish the project with the $191,805” Small Towns Environmental Program grant, ORCA officials noted.

The grant Cumby received allows for the purchase and installation of a 100,000 gallon underground water storage tank.

The grant “will address extreme low water pressure problems by installing approximately 29,000 linear feet of 4 [inch] water main and associated connections and required appurtenances.” Overall, the Shady Grove and Pleasant Hill Water Supply Corporation improvements will benefit 536 people, 77 percent of which are noted to be of low to moderate incomes. In-kind contributions for the project will be made from the Precinct 1 budget.

Representatives from the offices of State Sen. Bob Deuell and State Rep. Mark Homer’s were on hand for the ceremonial presentation of checks to the city of Cumby and Hopkins County last week.

�ORCA was created to support rural Texas,� Charles S. Stone, ORCA executive director, stated.

Between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007, ORCA awarded $3,06,196 in grants in the Ark-Tex area to support such projects as infrastructure development, disaster relief, health care accessibility enhancements, medical facility improvements and professional health care recruitment endeavors, the agency noted. This year, they are expected to present a total of 565 checks totaling $90.8 million to grant recipients throughout rural Texas “in honor of their efforts to improve their communities.”

For more information about ORCA, visit the agency website: www.orca.state.tx.us. The agency may also be reached by phone at 1-800-544-2042 or 512-936-6701, by e-mail at orca@orca.state.tx.us, or by mail at P.O. Box 12877, Austin, TX 78711.

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