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Woodville awarded $1.064 million grant from HUD

Tyler County Booster

City of Woodville—On October 28, 2010, the City of Woodville was presented a check for a $1.064 million grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA). We were given this grant because we are a community affected by Hurricane Ike and we are excited about the following projects made possible by the largest grant ever received by the City of Woodville. While the projects selected were due to failures during the storm, most of them were identified long before the storm as needs to be addressed when funding was available. The first such project is a culvert system that desperately needed to be replaced on M.L.K. behind the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Erosion was a continuous threat to private property there for several years and the cost to replace the system was in excess of $300,000.00. Next, the sewage system in the Woodway subdivision was the only part of our system that failed during the hurricane because of the way it was designed. The grant makes it possible for us to make necessary changes to the current design and add a lift station and upgrade a generator there to make it easier to manage and maintain during an event that may cause wide spread power outages, among other things. Additionally, the Fire Station and Police Station will be “hardened” to help them withstand harsh weather and remain functional. This will include replacing the roof systems and providing permanent stationary generators for each facility. These are all things that the City was going to have to address eventually and we feel blessed that they are being addressed and funded by HUD through TDRA, so we can focus on other needs the City has.

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