City to seek grant on utilities project

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM.

CHIPLEY — City Council members met in a five-minute session Thursday to approve a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a rural infrastructure feasibility grant.

The grant is the first in a series of grants the city will seek as it strives to extend water service to south of Interstate 10 and works to update the town’s aging waterlines.

Tom Bryant, representing the consultant firm Doug Bruce & Associates of Tallahassee, was on hand, but the council had no questions for him.

“This resolution is really just us showing support for this grant process,” City Administrator Dan Miner said, adding that the council has voiced its opinion that the city should concentrate on extending the water service to south of the interstate.

The council voted in February to take the first step in seeking grant funding for repairing the city’s aging waterlines and to expand the city’s water system to south of Interstate 10 when it put out a request for qualifications for a consulting firm. Doug Bruce & Associates was ultimately chosen to serve the city in that capacity.

Miner said currently the city utilities including water, sewer and gas end at the Super 8 Motel property.

Resident and real estate broker Gary Hartman told the council in February that extending water service south of I-10 could mean economic growth for the city’s interstate corridor.

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