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North Ga. town turns down $100,000 grant

OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) -- Oakwood is rejecting a $100,000 grant for a downtown improvement project.

City manager Stan Brown told the Times of Gainesville the city would have to spend so much to meet federal regulations that it's not worth the trouble.

A few years ago, Oakwood won a Transportation Enhancement grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation and ended up spending $127,400 to improve a street. The project featured new pavement, curbs and gutters, and a storm drainage system.

The city later sought $350,000 to improve Main Street, with City Hall sitting at one end and Oakwood Elementary School at the other. The state awarded the city $100,000. Brown says the work can't be done for $100,000.

The city was turned down last year when it applied for an additional grant.