Gov. Haslam awards three grants in county

Monday, July 16, 2018
The $1.7 million grant awarded to Chapel Hill by Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday will be used toward transforming a stretch of Highway 31A through town into a streetscape, like this proposal drawn up for the town.

Gov. Bill Haslam visited two Marshall County locations on Tuesday in order to present more than $2 million in grant funds to local entities.

The big winner is the town of Chapel Hill, which received a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation totaling $1,784,102.

“This is the result of many people working together, both local and state, for a common vision, that benefits the community we serve,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Danny Bingham. “This is how partnerships should work together in government for our citizens. When there exists communication and a vision of the future good things can happen- and good things are happening in Chapel Hill.”

The funds will be used to develop Highway 31A from City Hall to West Depot Street making the stretch of road more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly.

Planning for the project has been ongoing for months, connected with the town’s transportation plan work with TDOT.

“Projects like this enhance the lives of Tennesseans and make our communities more livable,” said Haslam in the press release for the event. “I’m pleased the state can assist.”

The governor announced the award of a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant for the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities to expand water lines in the county.

Water lines along Haislip Hollow Road, Robertson Road, Virgil Beasley Road, and Dean Road will be extended.

Several residents attending the announcement expressed their satisfaction at the extension of county water to their homes.

Haslam said that some 40 households and 115 residents would be effected, although it was noted that water availability would also allow more development in those areas as well.

All told the project is budgeted at roughly $743,000 with the balance not covered by the grant met by Public Utilities.

CDBG grants are federal dollars administered by the state that are generally awarded to support water and sewer projects.

County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett said that the county had applied several times for this grant unsuccessfully through the years before this award.

While at the annex, Haslam also presented a $5,000 ThreeStar Competitive Grant to the county that will enable a study of the stability and leakage issues at Lillard’s Mill dam on the Duck River.