County collecting CDBG ideas for Commission consideration
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 28, 2012 | 760 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ideas are being collected for Community Development Block Grants for Bradley County.

“CDBG funds are administered strictly by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community development out of Nashville,” Southeast Tennessee Development District project administrator Chelle Whitmire-Reno said. “And the maximum amounts of the grants for sewer and water projects are $500,000 and for community livability projects, $300,000.”

Whitmire-Reno said the ideas will be given to County Mayor D. Gary Davis who will then present them to the Bradley County Commission. The Commission must give approval before a grant application can be made. The Commission can only choose one project for which to apply for funding.

Whitmire-Reno said the county is eligible to have one grant at a time, and is eligible to apply for 2013.

A community meeting was held Tuesday to give area residents the opportunity to present projects they would like to see funded.

Very few took advantage of the opportunity on the damp morning, and only one project was presented.

The project was outlined by Tim Lawson of Ocoee Utilities.

“This particular project would include new water service to Red Hill Valley Road, Buck’s Pocket and Old Buck’s Pocket Road, Wheeler Road and Silver Lane ... then Lower Chestuee Road. [It encompasses] a variety of areas we are trying to provide service to,” Lawson said.

Lawson said the project would bring water to 110 homes.

Projected cost for the project exceeds $900,000. Lawson said Ocoee Utilities would cover any cost above the grant amount. Tying into the main water line without the grant could cost residents $1,000 per home depending on how far away from the line they are.

Projects are chosen based on need in low- to moderate-income communities. Need for a proposed project is determined through door-to-door surveys, according to Whitmire-Reno.

Additional ideas for possible projects will come from the Development District’s interaction with community leaders, utility districts and community members, Whitmire-Reno said.