The project to bring safe water to some 50 Cumberland Gap residences just got a shot in the arm, courtesy of the Tennessee Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). Governor Bill Haslam announced the 2016 award of $168,000 in grant funds to the town during a recent event hosted in Nashville by his office and the state OECD.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies will allow the town to begin phase II of the project to rehabilitate its water system.
Phase II, slated for a spring of 2017 start date, will begin on Pennlyn Street and end at the northern most section of Colwyn Street. Selwyn Street and Cumberland Drive will be included in the phase II project to hook residents to the town water system.
The Gap will be responsible for some $32,000 in local matching funds.
The town garnered the monies via a joint effort between those city officials responsible for preparing the grant application, the East Tennessee Development District and Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, those responsible for the design and permit processes.
Phase II construction is expected to be completed within six months.
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