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October 16, 2012

Grant clears way for major sewer extension in Good Hope

GOOD HOPE — A major sewer line extension is in the works after officials received word the city has landed a grant to help fund the project through the Alabama Department of Community Affairs (ADECA).

The grant, a $330,000 award the city had sought — but failed to obtain — in years past, will fun roughly half the project, expected to total approximately $700,000.

Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison said the new line will run east of Alabama Highway 69 through a residential area where many homeowners not currently served by a public sewer have had problems with their septic tanks.

“Right now, there’s probably about 100 residents that this will affect,” said Harbison. “The line will run from [Ala. highway] 69 off Lindsey road back to a subdivision on Buettner Drive. It's something the city has known about for a while and tried to pursue. We’ve recognized that there was a problem; that people have had problems for years in this section of the city with septic tank failures, having to have their tanks pumped — sometimes twice a year.”

Once work on the project — expected to take a year — is finished, Harbison’s hopeful the new line will offer prospective homebuilders an incentive to locate in Good Hope.

“The good thing about this is that there's a lot of raw land in between Lindsey Road and Buettner Drive where we have spots for potential future residential development,” he said. “But, there has to be a sewer infrastructure there if we want to have that opportunity.

The project will install a gravity sewer line, which transports sewage without the need for pumps used in low-pressure sewer systems. The city will have to fund the balance of the project’s total cost, most likely by taking out a bank loan.

Albertville-based CDG Engineers & Associates, which had provided preliminary site planning and cost estimates for the expansion, will also serve as project engineer once the work gets underway.

* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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