Pike County Awarded Grant Money for Water, Roads Improvements

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By Brittany Bivins

Pike County will receive over a million dollars in Community Development Block Grants, according to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The money will go to fund improvements on county roads, older buildings and local water systems.

Goshen will receive $216,000 for water system improvements. The town has applied for the money for 4 years before being approved. The funds will go to rehabilitate the water tower, and adding a system to regulate water pressure in case of an emergency situation, like a fire. The tower will also be stripped of its lead-based paint and repainted.

"This would be about triple of the money in our general fund, and there's no way that we could handle the cost of doing this to our own water tank and water system if we had to do it on tax revenue," said Jack Waller, Mayor of Goshen.

Brundidge will receive an additional $350,000 grant. That money will go toward improving the water system and demolishing several dilapidated structures to make way for new business opportunities.

Pike County will also pave County Road 7706, in addition to several other roads improvements on County Roads 6606 and 2203.