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July 10, 2014

Holly Pond applies for food bank grant, bolsters sewers

HOLLY POND — The town of Holly Pond applied for a $174,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic Development (ADED) Monday night at its town hall meeting.

Cullman County Economic Development handled the grant work for the town.

The council members unanimously approved to apply for the grant, which would be used to fund the development of a Carpenter’s Cabinet food bank.

“The established food bank will help those in need in Holly Pond,” said Mayor Herman Nail. “It also will cost the town no money.”

The organization, based in Morgan County, already operates a Carpenter’s Cabinet food bank in Falkville, Alabama. It wishes to extend its coverage in North Alabama to Eastern Cullman County.

“Holly Pond has welcomed us with open arms,” said Chris Warnick, the director of the Falkville Carpenter’s Cabinet. “The council was very receptive to the idea, and Cullman County Economic Development has helped us do all the grant work.”

According to the mayor, additional information on the food bank’s location, construction and start-up is not available this early in the application process.

Other business:

The town also put to use in its sewer facilities the remaining $75,000 of a $300,000 grant from the ADED. The ADED allowed for the reallocation of this grant after Nail spoke with the organization about the town’s additional needs.  

“I’ve put in for a generator at the main pump to aid during power outages,” Nail said.

The town has also ordered supplementary return pumps.

New private residential development in the town is also “going smoothly” according to Nail.

“A privately owned construction company is working on a subdivision off Holly Pond Brooklyn Road,” he said. “We’re currently working on hooking up a sewer line, which I will oversee.”

Holly Pond’s town hall meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

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