Polk County receives $500,000 block grant
by Banner Staff Reports
Sep 29, 2013 | 574 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Polk County received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist with the local government’s goal to ensure safe drinking water for all of its residents.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the grant Friday in Ocoee.

“Community Development Block Grants have such a large impact on our rural communities, and I’m happy to see that with this funding, Polk County will be able to help 22 households connect to public water,” Haslam said.

“Having the proper infrastructure in place can substantially enhance communities and the lives of its residents.”

An additional $333,315 will be provided by Polk County to allow a total of $833,315 for the water line extension project.

According to the release, “The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.” Local levels work to allocate the grant funds based on the best known community needs. The Department of Economic and Community Development is in charge of the CDBG program in Tennessee.

Polk County initially applied for the grant and received the support of Sen. Mike Bell, Rep. Eric Watson and Mayor Hoyt Firestone.

The press release listed U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann as also being instrumental in the securing of the funds.