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Fort Payne plans to move forward with new downtown sidewalks following rejected grant bid

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

The city of Fort Payne is looking to redo a large section of downtown sidewalks, but on Monday, they rejected a grant to pay for it.

The Fort Payne City Council turned down a nearly $800,000 TAP grant to get the work done. They believe they can get it done cheaper themselves.

The city of Fort Payne is looking to replace four blocks worth of sidewalks to help beautify the area.


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They plan to work alongside the water company who will be replacing water lines in that area.

Mayor Larry Chesser says when the water company finishes one block of water lines they plan to come behind them and redo the sidewalks on that block.

They'll go block by block to minimize disruptions for merchants and won't start until probably December.

The mayor says they'll bid out the work like the grant would do but hopefully save money and get the work done for around $250,000.

"We will be able to buy a lot of concrete and get a lot of work done and, two, we will be able to use our city employees to do part of it which we couldn't have under the grant process," said Chesser.

The water company is expected to have a public hearing on their project on May 8 at 5 p.m.

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