By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Hart County will receive $500,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as part of a $37.4 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant Award package announced recently.
The Hart County Water and Sewer Authority plans to use the money to extend water service to the Nancy Hart School Road area.
The proposed project will serve approximately 568 residents in that part of the county.
Hart County Water and Sewer Authority Director Pat Goran said notice of the grant award is great news for the county.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “We applied for this before the April deadline. We’ve been very successful with getting these Community Development Block Grants. This is good news. This project will lay close to ten miles of pipe and help expand our system, obviously.”
Total cost of the Nancy Hart water line project is approximately $1.3 million.
Goran said they plan to start the bidding process for the project once the check is in the bank
He said the Water and Sewer Authority also plans to look at other funding options with a view towards stepping up the water line expansion in the county.
“I think we’re seriously considering, more than we have in the past, about borrowing more money,” he said. “We get $3.2 million in SPLOST funds over a six-year period so that, combined with the grants we’re able to get and the subsidized loans is what we use to build out our system.”
Hart County was one of 120 applicants for the 2013 round of block grants.