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Front Page April 10, 2018  RSS feed

Buffalo, Jewett and Normangee awarded $1,835,975 in flood impact grants

LEON COUNTY, TEXAS — The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has awarded three grants to cities in Leon County for projects to address flooding that occurred in 2015.

Buffalo received $923,191 to address street and drainage systems in the residential area north of downtown The improvements in Buffalo include new storm sewer, street repair, and ditch grading.

“The General Land Office grant the City of Buffalo applied for and received will greatly benefit the City, in that it will help curtail flooding in low lying areas of Main, Center, Fairfield, Blain and Houck Streets,” said Mayor Royce Dawkins. “We are very appreciative of the funding we received and look forward to making these improvements in the City of Buffalo. Thank you, General Land Office.”

Buffalo will install a storm sewer system, stabilize the street sub-grade and asphalt, and grade ditches along Fairfield, Blain, and Houck Streets. Grant funds will also be used to install a 60" culvert at John H Bullock Boulevard near Josie Lane, to improve flood water drainage and mitigate erosion at this critical drainage point.

Jewett received a GLO grant in the amount of $581,284 to address damages to the Sugar Street lift station and the oxidation ditch and access road at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

When informed of the news, Mayor John Sitton stated “[n]eedless to say, we are very happy to be granted these funds. Rural cities struggle making much-needed updates and repairs of water and wastewater systems within the town and to receive this grant greatly relieves funding issues and infrastructure enhancements.”

Work in Jewett will include reinforcement and stabilization of the lift station retaining wall at the Sugar Street station where all of the city’s sewer flows and which was compromised from the 2015 rains.

Normangee received $331,500 from the GLO to expand drainage capacity and rebuild Wooley Street in the south-central part of the city. The city will install a large capacity culvert at the Wooley Street drainage crossing and reconstruct Wooley Street. The asphalt street will be crowned to shed water away from the roadway and into the ditches.

Normangee Mayor Gary Dawkins stated “the City of Normangee has benefited from the CDBG program multiple times over the years. That assistance has allowed us to make critical improvements to our infrastructure that such a small city would not otherwise be able to perform. We have again received approval for a grant to address very serious drainage issues, which will allow us to use the city's own funds more effectively and on a larger area of town. We greatly appreciate the help and hard work of GrantWorks during this process. Their efforts and knowledge are what has made this possible for us, and many other cities.”

GrantWorks, Inc. provided application services and will administer the grants for all three cities. Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong Engineers will provide design services to Buffalo and Jewett. KSA will provide these services in Normangee.

The three cities applied for the Disaster Recovery funds in the fall of 2017 to address flooding and related impacts that occurred in 2015. The funds were provided by Congress to the State of Texas through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program. The GLO administers the program at the state level.

The cities expect to sign a grant agreement with the GLO in the next few months before beginning work. Each community will provide matching funds equal to one percent of the grant amount toward the project activities.

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