On Wednesday, September 30th the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced the City of Apalachicola’s application for a $650K Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for sewer collection and water distribution upgrades was approved for funding.
The city will use the grant to fund the rehabilitation of the Bobby Cato Street Sewer Lift Station, which services the area bounded to the north by 12th Street, on the west by 25th Avenue (north of Cornelius Rizer), south by Cornelius Rizer and Bobby Cato Street, going northeast on Avenue L, including Timothy Simmons/17th, Rex Buzzett/15th, Earl King west of 21st Avenue/Street, James Clay/Gibson, and Morris Cannon Streets. This area will also include water system component replacements such as valves and water meters.
In addition a new sewer and sewer hook-up area will connect from 22nd Avenue/Street on James Clay Street and include 21st and 20th Avenues between 12th Street and Earl King, Earl King from 21st and continuing on Avenue M to the existing tie-in point on Rex Buzzett.
The sewer/water/hookups activities will meet the national objective of Benefit to Low/Moderate Income (LMI) Persons, because a large majority of the beneficiaries of the safe and reliable water and sewer service are in the very low/low/moderate income range. The hookups will be limited to LMI households, and will benefit them by providing funding for eliminating potential/existing health hazards from septic systems.
The City will provide additional financial “leverage” in the form of sewer tap fee waivers and administrative/staff support. No displacement of people or businesses will occur as a result of the project.