Oxford gets grant for water lines

OXFORD - The city of Oxford has been awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The grant will be used to replace old water lines, Mayor Jerry Roseberry said.

The city has about 17,405 feet of transite pipe, made from Portland cement and asbestos. Such piping was commonly used all over the country until the 1980s, he said.

"It's not because we're having any problems with it, but it's simply because we are concerned as time goes by it may give us problems. Any time asbestos comes up, it raises red flags. Once we've done this, Oxford will have no more transite pipe," Roseberry said.

The city will contribute up to $172,000 in cash or in-kind contributions.

There are 102 homes and 252 residents served by the pipes that will be replaced, Roseberry said, adding that there should be no disruption in water service.

The city expects to receive the grant money on Sept. 24 and start work within 30 days. The project will take abut 90 days to complete.

A total of 23 Georgia communities were awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the State Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act program. The grants will be administered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

"These funds will provide an economic boost to communities in their efforts to fund projects that will create jobs and improve infrastructure," said Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The CDBG program uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives that focus on improving living conditions and economic opportunities throughout the state.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.