West Point Mayor Kenneth Kilgo is eyeing Cullman County Community Development Funding as a possible source of income for upgrades to the town’s sewer system.
Last year the town finished upgrades to its sewer system, extending lines throughout the municipality in anticipation of growth and development on the horizon.
The problem, said Kilgo, is that when the town took over the system and finished upgrades to the lines, it was determined that the current pump system is not as efficient as it could possibly operate.
“We’ve got new lines throughout the town and are set up for businesses and residents to tie in,” he said. “And we are able to replace these two main sewer pumps, our system will basically be brand new.”
The town has replaced a handful of small pumps throughout the upgrade process, but according to town clerk Joyce Sapp replacement of the two man pumps is important.
“The pumps we have right now are located behind the middle school, and not only are they inefficient, but they’re also pretty noisy,” she said. “These pumps have been operating since the late 1970’s and upgrading them would improve the entire system.”
The town has projected a total project cost of around $45,000 for the two new pumps, funding that it is currently seeking through grants from the Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC).
“We want to do the project in two phases, applying for grants of $25,000 for each pump, “ said Kilgo. “This way I am hopeful that we can complete the project with minimal economic impact.”
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