"The grants that we have received for many different projects have helped us improve the quality of life for our citizens, will help us improve the safety of our citizens and will also assist the Pioneering Healthy Communities to promote a healthier lifestyle," said Holden. "We have also positioned ourselves for future development with the EDA grant that will help us attract industry to our community."
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is funding the near $1 million grant for the purpose of improving the wastewater and drainage systems in Southtown, which suffered severe damage during the May 2010 floods. According to the city's original proposal narrative, three lift stations in Southtown were severely damaged, due to the high floodwaters they took in. The lift stations located at Christie Street, Forshee Street and Circle Drive were deemed inoperable after the historic floods caused manholes and other areas to take in so much mud that it permanently damaged the lift stations. Repairs and modifications were made to restore the lift stations to working order on a temporary basis; however, it was determined that the only long-term solution was to replace them.
"This grant is extremely beneficial as it requires no match on the part of the city and will allow us to make improvements to the lift stations and to enhance flood-control measures along South Main," Holden said.
The grant will also enable the city to address the drainage system along Business Highway 51 and South Main Avenue in Southtown. The city described the current system as a combination of underground piping and channel ditches, which were covered in mud and siltation and continue to cause major drainage problems despite the city's best efforts to clear and clean the ditches.
The funding from ECD will allow the city to improve the drainage by installing 2,300 linear feet of reinforced concrete pipe, improve the existing open-channel ditches and install drainage manholes and storm-drainage inlets. Holden noted that the city is appreciative of the state for helping with this infrastructure improvement.
"I'd like to thank the Department of Economic and Community Development and Governor Haslam for the awarding of this grant to make some much-needed improvements in South Dyersburg," Holden said.