Esto to pursue all available CDBG grants

Esto Town Council 9-3-2013
Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 05:23 PM.

ESTO — Esto Town Council held their first public hearing and approved to move forward with the steps necessary to pursue any available Community Development Block Grants that might be available to the town during the Council’s Sept. 3 meeting as recommended by Town Grant Writer Dennis Dingman.

“These grants are for communities who want to attract businesses but there’s no infrastructure,” said Dingman. “If the community doesn’t provide the infrastructure, such as water and sewer connections, then the business would have to. In this case we got lucky because Dollar General was willing to do just that to be able to bring their business here.”

Dingman said that they would pursue housing, commercial and economic development grants.

“This will cover all possible grants,” he said. “You just have to do it once so that you won’t have to revise it every time a new grant comes out.”

Council tabled the proposal from Palmer Electric Construction Co. to install radios, cables, antenna and surge protectors at the wells for the amount of $3,575 to be in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection.

“My only problem is that we’ll not only have to put this in but we’ll have to maintain it and we still need a phone line to these wells for communication and control purposes,” said Town Council President Danny Powell. “I want to see if we can get the phone company to put us a line in and maybe it’ll be cheaper.”

Council agreed with Council member James Daniels request to get quotes on repairing and replacing any fire hydrants that are damaged or leaking.

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