City of Metter is applying for a grant to help improve some low-income areas

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METTER, Ga., (WSAV)- The City Manager of Metter said the city is applying for the Community Development Block Grant that will help improve some low-income areas. 

 The four proposed areas that would receive the improvements from the community development block grant are  East Lillian Street, North Leroy, North Terrell, and  North Trapnell.

The City Manager, Mandi Cody, said the $750,000 grant would fund updates to infrastructure for things like sewer, drainage, road resurfacing and sidewalks. 

In order to qualify for the grant, which is processed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development,  an area needs to prove there is a financial need.

“A qualifying factor for CDBG is that 70 percent of the beneficiaries, meaning the population of the neighborhood, must be low to moderate income as defined by the federal government,” Cody said. 

Cody added the grant if received by Metter, would also go toward updating water lines along East Lillian street. The lines are currently made of ductile iron pipes,  which has impacted some residents water supply.

“We do unfortunately have complaints of discolored water in Metter, so we have initiated over the last two years a water improvement program. We’re grateful that all of our water meets state standards…but we don’t find the discolored water to be satisfactory,” Cody explained.

News 3 spoke to a resident, Amanda Tarking,  in the impacted area and she says the grant would be a big help.

“It’s very crucial for the area for the residents to have, you know, have secure drinking water a valid good source of drining water without it being brown when they turn it on,” Tarking said.

Cody added that a key component for the city’s application to be considered for this grant included having help from the residents in the proposed areas. This includes residents sending in photos to City Hall of the things that need improving such as a photo of the water problem, or writing a letter explaining the problems they’ve experienced. 

These documented issues will then be sent in with the city’s application, which is due in April first.

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