Marshall County considering grant for street-paving in lower income area

Marshall County considering grant for street-paving in lower income area

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Marshall County Commission is considering an application for a federal gr ant which would aid in getting roads paved for some people in a rural low income area.

Officials say the roads are in very bad condition, but to get the gr ant it pretty much has to be in a low to moderate income area.

The gr ant was discussed with a Tarcog representative at the Commission's workshop meeting Wednesday morning.

The Commission considered three locations, but the one being looked at is down Highway 79 south of Guntersville in the Caroline and Collins Drive area and encompasses around three miles worth of roads.

Officials say around 242 people live in that area alone, and with the condition of the roads it appears to have the best chance of getting funding.

"The school children that live in the area have to funnel down to the highway to get on the bus because the bus has difficulty getting in and out of the area. Also, it presents an issue for your first responders, such as your sheriff's office, ambulance service, people like that getting in and out," said Tarcog director of economic development Lucas Blankenship.

The Commission is expected to consider applying for the gr ant sometime in July.

Blankenship said the $350,000 gr ant must be submitted by July 31 and they would hope to hear if it's approved by Thanksgiving.

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